Men get life for fiery death of guards

2012-04-03 22:42

Johannesburg - Seven men received 44 years and four life sentences each from the Polokwane Circuit Court of the High Court on Tuesday for killing four security guards, Limpopo police said.

Emmanuela Tshepo Malebo, 34, Molefe Joe Malebese, 47, Kenneth Moitshela, 35, Manuel Baros, 37, Themba Asser Ndjamba, 35, Pheladi Lawrence Mabitsela, 26, and Malesela Wilson Manaka, 30, each received 44 years for robbery and possession of automatic rifles and live ammunition, Lieutenant Colonel Mohale Ramatseba said.

"The suspects, who are from Gauteng, North West and Limpopo provinces, were also sentenced to four life [sentences] each after the judge found them guilty of brutally killing [the] four security guards."

They killed Hennie Van Rensburg, 22, Dirk Kleynhans, 28, Marcus Malete, 25, and Deon Steyn, 19, by setting alight their cash-in-transit vehicle while they were trapped inside it, during an attempted heist along the Baltimore/Marken Road on 29 September 2006.

An eighth man, Alpheus Mziza, 30, could only be linked to vehicle theft and received a jail term of four years.

Limpopo police commissioner Lieutenant General Simon Mpembe welcomed the sentence and commended the officers who helped secure the convictions.

The SABC earlier quoted the judge saying, while handing down sentence: "I cannot sufficiently imagine what the deceased went through, trapped in the motor vehicle. One wonders what went on in the minds of the accused when they set the motor vehicle alight."

  • tsholob - 2012-04-03 23:21

    shocking crime

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-04-03 23:35

    It does not feel as if this justice is satisfactory, yet neither would the death penalty be. I can not really say what would be the right kind of justice, this shocking crime....lazy greedy sods who could not work for their money......disgusting, disgusting disgusting.

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-04 09:49

      @Glen - I think each punishment should injure the same pain as their victims. What about a good old torchure tactic? What about injecting something like cancer and phasing their deaths over say 3 year period. the slower the better, the more pain the better. What about some maggot released into their system that eats them from the inside, slowly but surely.

  • Fawzia - 2012-04-03 23:56

    They will most probably repeat murders on other guards. It seems easy in S.Africa to escape from prisons. Suggestion to obviate the above scenario: Death penalty for justice, not revenge but justice.(irrespective of racial classification) Blanket rule.

  • seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-04-04 01:07

    There is something wrong with the heading of this article - it should read " men get death-penalty for taking life of guards" !!! The accused don't have minds, by the way - if they did they would never had committed this haenious crime! May the keys to their cells rust never to be used to unlock their cells ever again - only skeletons should be removed 100 years later and the cells sanitised!

      Buhle Lungile Gorrie - 2012-04-04 11:56


  • Jayson - 2012-04-04 03:33

    "You are found guilty of murder in the first degree,, you will hang by the neck until you are dead, dead dead. May God have mercy on your soul" (sic)........NEXT!!!!!!!!

      Dawn - 2012-04-04 03:52

      Well put..Bring back the death penalty!

      Thandekile Pokolo - 2012-04-04 08:29

      good decision and bring back dearth pelnalty for the ppl like that

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-04-04 06:16

    Sihle are you for real , these devils basically burnt their victims alive and all you can focus on is race , you need to re evaluate your outlook on life ,

  • johan.r.erasmus - 2012-04-04 06:51

    Bring back the death penalty under such circumstances. These guys had no means of escape. They were executed in the most terrible way one can think of. Unless serious consideration is given to this, the vulnerable popluation will find their own ways to exact their own punishment. South Africans are losing faith in the Police and the Justice System. When Mob Justice takes over, we have more anarchy. What more is there to say?

  • Frans - 2012-04-04 07:09

    These bastards are not worth the term "human". What they did wasn't murder, it's torture. BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY.

  • thabo.vilakazi - 2012-04-04 07:29

    I feel you Sihle and i felt the same way as well when i heard the sentence. But in any case things like this happen, when i read this i thought of the Waterkloof 4, killing for pleasure but the sentence was nothing. In any case we are trying to move away from the colour thing it wont take us anywhere. Lets just focus on building a safe South Africa that carters for all. Its a bitter pill to swallow but lets stand together.

      Wilma Crous - 2012-04-04 07:47

      Bitter pill to swallow?? They don't deserve life, they deserve death penalty. (Truth be told Waterkloof kids too!!) Murder is wrong.

      karen.inward - 2012-04-04 10:31

      The Waterkloof 4 got lighter sentences due to their age at the time of the offence. Not that I agreed with it, but that's what it is. If it were up to me, the Waterkloof 4 and these guys would get the death penalty, and the world would be a better place for it.

  • Wilma Crous - 2012-04-04 07:43

    A murder is a murder!! Bring back the death penalty!! This has nothing to do with race. It's got everything to do with justice!!!!

  • Herman - 2012-04-04 07:49

    What a pity they can't be necklaced, they deserve it more than anyone before them ever did

  • isaac.nkwaliyenkosi - 2012-04-04 07:55

    I wish these bloody dogs can also be trapped into fire and be set alight not to death but to very strong pains..................the silly and pathetic bustards.

      karen.inward - 2012-04-04 10:32

      Please do not insult dogs. Canines are wonderful creatures.

  • Snoopy - 2012-04-04 07:59

    Nee moet nie nou jou gesig wegsteek nie.. Jy moet mos trots wees oor jou dade, die hartseer wat jy veroorsaak het. F@kken gemors. Vrek 'n leiende dood.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-04-04 08:00

    this is so awful... :( wtf Limpopo?

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-04-04 08:33

    What does race have to do with murder? When these guys killed those security guards they didn't see race only evil... Its times like these the death penalty is needed.... When God said thou shall not kill he never included anything about race.... It's time we stopped thinking everything is about race....

  • Craig - 2012-04-04 09:04

    Now I have to pay for these scumbags board and lodging for the next 44 years. Screw that!!... Give each of these useless lifeforms 2 to the back of the head. I'll gladly pay for the ammo.... I'll even reload the ammo myself, they don't deserve new ammo

  • Konapi - 2012-04-04 09:10

    Send the bastards to Khayelitsha (for necklacing) so that they can feel the pain before they can burn down to death.

  • Brett - 2012-04-04 10:09

    These pieces of shyte should be burned at the stake in public.

  • karen.inward - 2012-04-04 10:27

    In Texas these men would have received the death penalty for sure.

  • Malette - 2012-04-04 11:29


  • ailsa.j.loudon - 2012-04-04 13:09

    I hope they get set alight in prison!

  • roger.pacey - 2012-04-04 16:13

    We should be thankful that they were caught, tried and convicted. Most murderers get away with it. I don't know how prison inmates treat people who have committed this sort of crime. Some acts fill even prison inmates with revulsion and they mete out prison justice. Perhaps these guys' problems are only just beginning.

  • waShawara - 2012-05-07 21:10

    Who are these guys in the first place? What are their psychological makeup and religious background? I wud have thought that they would have a modicum of respect for human life no matter how depraved they are. Burning the guards was the lowest and most unforgivable act they could have committed. I somehow don't think all of them agreed with the idea but they acted as a team and even the "innocent" ones are ac complices.

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