Mpumalanga killers jailed

2013-06-20 19:22

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Mbombela - The killers of an Ehlanzeni district ANC leader were jailed for in effect 40 years by the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Bongani Mkasi, 30, and Mundi Khoza, 26, were found guilty of murder, armed robbery with aggravating circumstances and possession of an illegal firearm, a Sapa correspondent reported.

A third accused, Life Khoza, 24, is already serving a jail term for the murder of ANC Chief Whip Johan Ndlovu.

"For the murder charge you are both going to serve a life imprisonment for murder, 15 years for robbery, three years for illegal possession of a firearm and also a year for illegal possession of ammunition," Magistrate Richard Mabuse told Mkasi and Khoza.

"The murder sentence will run on its own, while the other three will run concurrently," he said.

Mabuse said Mkasi and Khoza had violated the right to human life.

"This court has to act in a manner that society as a whole and the country must understand that everyone has a right to life," he said.

"Murder and robbery are serious crimes that are common in the country and that have to be discouraged.


Mkasi's statement that his actions were a result of his upbringing, as his father abandoned him at an early age, had nothing to do with the crime he committed, Mabuse said.

"This court has no evidence that says his mother was not qualified to raise him," he said.

"We got that she was a church-going person and, if we would take that as an excuse, others will commit crime and come to this court saying they did that because they didn't have fathers to raise them."

Ndlovu was killed in January, 2011.

He was shot several times near his home in Edinburgh village, in Hluvukani area.

His body was then driven a short distance in the boot of his car and dumped at the side of the road.

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