KwaMashu hostel killer sentenced to life imprisonment

2015-06-25 15:57

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Durban - A man accused of killing a local African National Congress (ANC) leader in Durban’s notorious KwaMashu hostels was handed a life sentence in the Durban High Court, police said in a statement.

Police spokesperson Major Zwane said Phuzubheke “Lucky” Sikhakhane was sentenced to life for Sthembiso Biyela's murder. He was sentenced to another 10 years for the attempted murder of Biyela’s girlfriend Scelokuhle Buyisile Hlongwa.

On March 30 last year Sikhakhane opened fire on Biyela and Hlongwa through the window of their room in the notorious KwaMashu hostels. Both were rushed to a local clinic, but Biyela was declared dead at the scene.

Biyela's killing swiftly followed a local government election in the area. Biyela was the ANC branch deputy chairperson in the area. The Citizen newspaper reported at the time he had been a former Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) member who had switched allegiances.

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