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Sugarcane killer gets 533 years in jail

2011-01-19 12:30

Durban - "Sugarcane" serial killer Thozamile Taki was given 13 life sentences and 208 years in prison by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court on Wednesday.

Judge King Ndlovu handed him 13 life sentences - for each of the 13 women he killed, plus a further 208 years - 16 years each, for the armed robbery of the 16 women.

Ndlovu commended the investigating team's excellent work. He also praised the cellphone experts who gave evidence.

The sentence was welcomed with jubilation from the public gallery. Family members of the victims cried and sang. Others hugged State Advocate Noxolo Tokwana and praised her work.

The sentencing was adjourned for 15 minutes. Taki's lawyer Thumani Shange was taking further instruction from the accused.

He was found guilty on December 23.
 

Comments
  • Melly30 - 2011-01-19 12:32

    Why can't they just bring back the death penilty?? Why should we feed this piece of sh*t... oooo 533 years in prison...

      Homer - 2011-01-19 13:34

      @B!anca, we know what you mean but you're and @r$3h0le to suggest that... if you know what i mean

      Mark - 2011-01-19 13:56

      Agreed with the death penalty comment! Botswana has it and it's also the most peaceful Country in Africa! Hopefully he doesn't get let out after 25 years (life sentence). And Melly that is way out of line, no wonder you keep yourself anonymous. He was a serial killer. That takes a sick twisted mind, regardless of race.

      Tshepho - 2011-01-19 14:00

      Job well done,@ melly huz gna do the killing if death penalty was brought bak,rememba our court system is just 4 us hu are on earth n God is the only person that determines wen a person is born n wen dat person will die n how it's not up to us as everyone has a journey in life guess that's his journey.Big up's to the justice dept this tym around

      Julie - 2011-01-19 14:01

      @ Bianca, shame..you must be too afraid too leave your hole if ALL of a certain race are out to get you..must get lonely eh?

      Mark - 2011-01-19 14:02

      Apologies.. My comment directed at Melly was meant to be for B!anca

      Spoofed - 2011-01-19 14:14

      Hey bianca.. it's people like you who give the rest of us a bad name... White people commit crimes too or did you forget that. Tsek!

      4daluvofSA - 2011-01-19 14:46

      Bianca, go and make love to your brother!

  • LibranDiva - 2011-01-19 12:33

    If we still had the death penalty he would be on his way out already

  • thobela.lelibana - 2011-01-19 12:38

    GOOD, wish they can rape him in jail

      richard - 2011-01-19 14:32

      Oh yes that is for sure

  • veto111 - 2011-01-19 12:38

    someone please tell me the point of 13 life sentences and 208 years. Surely life sentence means you'll spend the rest of your life in jail? Someone with more knowledge of the law, help me out here.

      bugchop - 2011-01-19 12:45

      I think a life sentence is 25 years.

      The horse - 2011-01-19 12:46

      it means that this guys will never be free again even when people are resurrected he will have to be put to death 12 more times

      Mpho R - 2011-01-19 12:47

      Life sentence in our justice system is 25 years in jail

      NinjaDevil - 2011-01-19 12:47

      a life sentence is regarded as 25 years.

      Perfume - 2011-01-19 12:48

      They should of just said he will spend the rest of his life in prison :)

      eparrot@24.com - 2011-01-19 12:50

      A Life Sentence is only 25 years in prison. Where after the inmate can get paroled.

      tatsss - 2011-01-19 12:53

      I am not really into law but I think the following explanantion is the reason for these many life sentences-If ,after sentencing,the prisoner is found to have been "misjudged"on say one of the killings and that in actual fact he deserved say 10 years for that particular murder ,the other 13 life in prison terms will still stand and ensure he pays for each individual crime individually.

      windgat - 2011-01-19 12:53

      @ Veto, I'm not an expert but as far as I know a life sentence is only 25 years. They call it a life sentence because you build your life and how you want to live it over that period of time.

      sabrael - 2011-01-19 12:55

      Seems he got the 25 year life sentence. So 25 (length of life sentence) x 13 (number of murder victims) + 208 (length of sentence for robberies) = 533 years. From what I can tell, a life sentence in SA is considered a maximum of 25 years as after that the convict is given a parole hearing. Not sure what will happen in relation to that with this case, but I don't think he'll be coming out any time soon.

      sabrael - 2011-01-19 12:56

      Seems he got the 25 year life sentence. So 25 (length of life sentence) x 13 (number of murder victims) + 208 (length of sentence for robberies) = 533 years. From what I can tell, a life sentence in SA is considered a maximum of 25 years as after that the convict is given a parole hearing. Not sure what will happen in relation to that with this case, but I don't think he'll be coming out any time soon.

      Black.dude - 2011-01-19 12:57

      Let me explain why multiple life sentences. Its not the same as one life sentence, each crime is treated individually, if for example the guy would qualify for parole, he might be paroled for one sentence but not the other one, so he has to serve the one he is not paroled for. If he appeals the sentence, he appeals each one separately, etc. hope you get the point.

      Chicita - 2011-01-19 13:40

      As a few people have mentioned, in SA a life sentence is 25 years in jail. Now, obviously if he has 13 life sentences it means he will spend the rest of his life in jail, but instead of saying that they quote the actual number of years that 13 life sentences + 208 years equals to (i.e. 533 years) in order to illustrate the extent of his jail sentence. By saying 533 years, instead of "the rest of his life" it shows the extent of his crimes and how brutal they were.

  • The horse - 2011-01-19 12:38

    That is very good, 13 life sentences , plus 206 years in jail, but the life expectancy at birth is 54, HE would even live for 20 more years

  • ant177@24.com - 2011-01-19 12:39

    Good i hope lot of men like him long time.....

      Itoldyouso - 2011-01-19 13:31

      They love him long,long time

  • Niresh - 2011-01-19 12:40

    and what happens when he outlives 533 years...

      stiffler - 2011-01-19 12:44

      Dont be a doooooos!

      Perfume - 2011-01-19 12:48

      This is not Bible years lol!!

      ant177@24.com - 2011-01-19 12:49

      HA HA..

      IandI - 2011-01-19 12:53

      Then he will be freed and he can run for president.hehe

      Ms Mo - 2011-01-19 13:01

      haaiboo Niresh, really now...

      Itoldyouso - 2011-01-19 13:32

      lanl, only if he showers first

  • MightyShark - 2011-01-19 12:45

    so will he be released in 2014 for good behaviour?

      Andrew - 2011-01-19 13:01

      Then he will go into goverment and become vice president then the next president.

  • Perfume - 2011-01-19 12:47

    Do I have to feed him with my tax money whilst he spends the rest of his life in prison....he killed so he should of been put to death....oh well Baba wag vir hom!!!!

      Barry M - 2011-01-19 14:04

      Maybe I will apply to cook for him - then he will wish he had received the death penalty!

      Perfume - 2011-01-19 14:25

      ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! @Barry

  • stephanjvv - 2011-01-19 12:47

    He must be glad. He is going to government hotel, going to be fed with taxpayers money. He don't have any more worries about working for a roof over his head and food in his stomach. And all you have to do to be granted this luxury is to kill a few people. Nice isn't it?

  • feroza.vally - 2011-01-19 12:47

    533 years.... there go's my pension fund coz I've gta pay to feed & clothe him and get him admitted to a private hospital of he falls ill...

  • Hayleya - 2011-01-19 12:50

    I honestly feel that he should receive the death sentence. He took all those peoples lives and he gets to live in jail off of our tax money. BRING BACK THE LIFE SENTENCE..... I have a family member in jail for many a years and honestly I feel he should have received the death sentence long time ago. You might think that I sound cold and heartless, I dont care. If you take a life, yours should be ended as well... Life in prison does not give any closure as they can apply for parole in the next 15-20 years due to good behaviour...

  • Hayleya - 2011-01-19 12:50

    I honestly feel that he should receive the death sentence. He took all those peoples lives and he gets to live in jail off of our tax money. BRING BACK THE LIFE SENTENCE..... I have a family member in jail for many a years and honestly I feel he should have received the death sentence long time ago. You might think that I sound cold and heartless, I dont care. If you take a life, yours should be ended as well... Life in prison does not give any closure as they can apply for parole in the next 15-20 years due to good behaviour...

      Richie - 2011-01-19 14:23

      I cannot agree more with you, teeth for teeth, like policeman are doing. The plan now is not to arrest these guys, but shoot them in the head and file a report that he was fleeing or shooting police. Police need to have spare illegal firearms to frame them. Otherwise, this is just a waist of my tax money. FREE THE MAN AND SHOOT HIM IN THE HEAD. FILE REPORT OF ATTEMPTED ESCAPE AND SHOOTOUT WITH POLICE. QHA!!!!!!!!!!

  • insoucianttroll - 2011-01-19 12:50

    life in prison and out again soon for whatever reason.

  • daboss247365 - 2011-01-19 12:54

    so After 533 years he's free to go? not so bad I suppose, he'll just have to keep himself occupied with our tax money for the time being

  • Dnt8 - 2011-01-19 12:56

    533years wnt bring justice back to victims and their families ....cos he will still be around in 20years time enjoying the benefits of prison life....Asking for the death penalty to be reinstated is similar to it snowing in Durban an impossibility...

      maxanansi - 2011-01-19 14:16

      http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Winter-strikes-with-a-vengeance-20100615

      maxanansi - 2011-01-19 14:19

      http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Winter-strikes-with-a-vengeance-20100615

      maxanansi - 2011-01-19 14:22

      www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Winter-strikes-with-a-vengeance-20100615

  • GV - 2011-01-19 13:00

    I hope the sentences don't run concurrently

      Tshepho - 2011-01-19 14:05

      Yeah adawise it was just a complete waste of ol the oda charges,bt I think they gna run every charge separately,Good point GV @least sum1 is nt a fan of da death penalty

  • Made_In_SA - 2011-01-19 13:01

    Big deal he will be out next year... these heavy prison sentences are a joke a they very rarely enforced...

  • Pothole - 2011-01-19 13:08

    Come to think of the death sentence to which I agree BUT if you consider we have 50 murders a day, and therefore 50 death sentences a day x 7 = 350 a week / 5 workdays = 70 executions per weekday. The guys doing this will have some busy days. Think of the international headlines.No the deaalth penalty will never come back while the African national Corruption rules.

  • etiennejnr - 2011-01-19 13:09

    Why do we kill people who kill people to show people that killing people is wrong?

      modefan - 2011-01-19 13:28

      I think it's to remove a possible threat to society and the money used to keep him in jail could be used for other prisoners convicted of lesser crimes...only bad thing is if it comes out that he was actually innocent...

      Alibran - 2011-01-19 13:30

      10% of your salary can go for the upkeep of this criminal.

      Kirsty - 2011-01-19 13:36

      Exactly! If someone kills a murderer, surely that makes them a murderer too?

      etiennejnr - 2011-01-19 13:47

      Alibran, if you actually ever went to a prison then you would see that prisoners actually work in there to support themselves. The prison system isn't perfect but to be in the same company as the middle-east, china and worst of all the united states in terms of prison sentencing... I'd keep ours.

      Flee - 2011-01-19 13:48

      I think there is actually a moral difference between ridding the world of a Monster and actually murdering someone... This is pest control...

      Mark - 2011-01-19 13:59

      So that people don't kill others for fear of losing their life?

      IandI - 2011-01-19 14:40

      Ordinary people who do not kill people enjoy seeing people killing people who killed other people to show all other people who intend killing other people that they will be killed by other people who are ordinary people..kapeesh?

  • nic69ers - 2011-01-19 13:10

    Lock him in a room, throw petrol on him and let the families throw the match! i think that would have been sufficient!! This bullsh*t of free board and lodging and tv for life plus the occasional shower rape is just ridiculous!!

  • Antjacko@24.com - 2011-01-19 13:12

    String the fcuker up!

  • John Seloa - 2011-01-19 13:15

    533 years? Who will be feeding him for all these years? I hope not my tax money.

      Barry M - 2011-01-19 14:08

      Hope again sunshine! No-one in this ANC Government has the balls to bring back the death penalty - despite all Zuma's big promises he has failed to deliver a single thing to his people - he will leave in his wake a sad and pathetic legacy and history will not judge him and his government too kindly!

  • Mart - 2011-01-19 13:18

    With tears in my eyes I ask this question of you. Why does this beast retain his right to life, the right and ability to vote in the next election, and the protection of the State when there are so many millions more poverty stricken citizens in this country who have yet to enjoy the benefits (roof, food,access to all things medical) that now accrue to him. It is illogical and against the very fibre of human survival to nurture a threat. Why do we do it ?.

      Barry M - 2011-01-19 14:09

      Because this govenment is evil, corrupt and spineless!

  • coolwaynie - 2011-01-19 13:18

    So he should serve five years of his sentence then..and escape.

  • Proud SA - 2011-01-19 13:20

    What a waste of tax money. How many RDP houses could be built with the cost of keeping this idiot alive? What happened to hard labour? Could he not fill potholes scince he liked filling holes in the sugarcain fields! Bring back the death penalty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • TDJ - 2011-01-19 13:25

    Clearly, this man should have received the death penalty. This man's sentence is NOT justice being served !

  • BeagleFigo - 2011-01-19 13:27

    An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth Get rid of this beast now and save millions of Rand

  • Piet - 2011-01-19 13:28

    Please, remember, we live in SA. You should know the formula by now. 13 muders = 13 actual years in jail. Where he will be treated very good. Never will he sleep cold again with an empty stomach. He will receive the best medical treatment. Never have to do a stitch of work, just sit about and talk with friends. 13 years of living without a worry!!!!!

  • Kirsty - 2011-01-19 13:29

    Awesome to see that justice has been done!! Good job, Judge Ndlovu. WRT bringing back the death penalty - considering how liberal and comprehensive our Constitution is, our legislature would have HUGE difficulties bringing back the death penalty. If the death penalty was to be brought back, they would have to change the Constitution almost in its entirely because it goes against the principle of the Right to Life being of the utmost important. Also there are tons of studies that have been done which find that the death penalty does not serve as a deterent for criminals. I don't believe a person has the right to kill another as punishment - its makes the person dishing out punishment as much of a killer as the criminal. Rather let the criminal live with their crime for the rest of their natural life instead of having an easy way out!!

      coolwaynie - 2011-01-19 13:37

      The death penalty worked very well before the ANC took power. Compare the murder stats and come back to us. Botswana is an excellent example of how much of a deterent it can be.

      etiennejnr - 2011-01-19 13:45

      Kirsty, personally I believe that you take 1000 hectares of land. Build a wall 100m high all around it. And put people that have been convicted in there.

      Ingie - 2011-01-19 13:46

      I dont agree as all these prisoners well most live like kings and get the right to study and work etc while in prison. Yes initially maybe they are given a hard time, but thats their prob, but doing the death penalty wont cost us a cent. well not as much as them beein in jail for 25 years. This costs us 3 meals a day plus the inbetweeners as well as medical care etc etc. No wonder there is crime in SA. Its a free home, free intuition, free food, free Tv and the rest and eventually a road to freedom.

      Flee - 2011-01-19 13:46

      Kirsty I understand your reasoning, but seriously does a Monster deserve the right to live, eat daily, watch flat screen tv's, educate himself, get drugs and alcohol et al at our expense??? I think NOT

      Hayleya - 2011-01-19 13:50

      this is not an easy way out. The thing is they live a life of luxoury from our money. They took a life whether 1 or 50. I dont care and dont think many a people would care thet they would have to rewrite the Constitution. What gave them the right to kill people as they pleaseth and go to prison. To me that is a slap on the wrist. If someone hits you, you will hit them back to let them know how it felt and unfortunately that is how life is lived in our surrent society. I feel my money that I earn and have to give as TAX I couldve used to better my childs future by taking out a policy, but cant even afford that because I have to pay for those monsters in jail.

      daniespreeth - 2011-01-19 13:54

      I'm not sure that I totally agree - a person's "Right to Life" should be revoked the moment he kills someone else and takes away that victim's "Right to Life". The whole principal of Human Rights is all good and well, but people who takes away others' Human Rights should not be expecting to be treated according to the Human Rights laws.

      Reveal Them - 2011-01-19 14:03

      If the death penalty came back I would volunteer to be the executioner at no charge to the state, it would be an honour and a pleasure to carry out the capital punishment. The state saves on my fees and the state saves on board and lodgings of the convicted criminal. Finally it will save and protect our society from another thug.

      Perfume - 2011-01-19 14:06

      13 families will never be the same again, think about that Kirsty...he killed so I believe he should of been put to death, not be sentenced behind a wall of luxury with our tax money...from today he will get to watch TV, study, eat, shower, bed to sleep, perhaps play a few game of cards, sit outside in the sun, do you really think the government is going to pay for his keep...he should of been put to death...period!!!!!!! You live by the sword then you have to die by the sword.

      Barry M - 2011-01-19 14:14

      Kirsty - you are talking crap - it is easy to change the constitution - next time we vote, include a referendum on the death penalty - you will quickly see that over 80% of the population will want the death penalty reinstated - 15% will abstain from voting and a pathetic 5% of the sandal brigade (of which you appear to be one) will want to waste tax money on these low-life’s. Catch a wake-up lady!

      daniespreeth - 2011-01-19 14:23

      I'm not sure that I totally agree - a person's "Right to Life" should be revoked the moment he kills someone else and takes away that victim's "Right to Life". The whole principal of Human Rights is all good and well, but people who takes away others' Human Rights should not be expecting to be treated according to the Human Rights laws.

      Rinda - 2011-01-19 15:27

      Obviously the constitution is wrong, because to murderers the RIGT TO LIFE of their victims is not of the UTMOST IMPORTANT.

  • ji - 2011-01-19 13:37

    HANG THE SCUM and save the honest tax payer .

  • Allain - 2011-01-19 13:38

    533 yrs. Our tax money to look after murderers like him, no!!! Just hang this S O B.

  • Kingkaizer - 2011-01-19 13:41

    25 X 13 = 325 and 16 X 16 = 256 therefore 325 + 256 = 581. Where does 533 comes from? 581 - 533 = 48. What happened to the 48 years? I hope they are not planning to release the batard earlier because they calculated the 48 years less.

      Perfume - 2011-01-19 14:16

      I hope they are not planning to release the batard earlier because they calculated the 48 years less.......ROFLMAO!!!!!!

  • Ingie - 2011-01-19 13:41

    He may be in prison for that time but at who's cost. Ours. In that time he will live well, do gym, study and then when he comes out who knows. Look at our past presidents this is what they did. I would say bring in the death penalty, better for the tax payes, prisons etc. why bother keeping him in there as the day he walks out he will go and do the same thing again. To me makes no sense.

  • themantshepo - 2011-01-19 13:42

    amandla this is the sort of time we want to start seing being given to these murderous bastads, these blaady agents must rot in jail

      Perfume - 2011-01-19 14:30

      Hey wena theman where have you been!!!!!

  • janpyp - 2011-01-19 13:44

    What really amazes me of our society today is the "civilised manner" in which we skilfully grant special privileges to destructive people and subtly punish the responsible and contributing citizen of this country. The victims and their families actually contribute something valuable to society, and their rights was trampled by this individual. His punishment is 533 years in a "government hotel", for which his victims and their families have to pay for! It just doesn't make sense, no matter how you look at it.

  • BeagleFigo - 2011-01-19 13:45

    An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth Get rid of this beast now and save millions of Rand

  • janpyp - 2011-01-19 13:52

    What really amazes me of our society today is the "civilised manner" in which we skilfully grant special privileges to destructive people and subtly punish the responsible and contributing citizen of this country. The victims and their families actually contribute something valuable to society, and their rights was trampled by this individual. His punishment is 533 years in a "government hotel", for which his victims and their families have to pay for! It just doesn't make sense, no matter how you look at it.

  • Reveal Them - 2011-01-19 13:57

    He will become big BUBBA'S friend for life considering he has been given such a nice long and extended stay.

  • JustChecking - 2011-01-19 14:08

    @B!anca...to what contrarly do you justify your statement.dont using the word Apes will make things easier. such comment determines more ppl to continue hating each.. we cry when Malema uses the slogan shoot the boer but shud we applaud great influence of racial statements. i take it you not clued up.

  • JustChecking - 2011-01-19 14:10

    @Bianca : Hey farm girl stop with your useless comments.you cry they they sing the shoot the boer song....come on now grow up

  • esthermi76 - 2011-01-19 14:19

    "The whole principal of Human Rights is all good and well, but people who takes away others' Human Rights should not be expecting to be treated according to the Human Rights laws." so the countries that kill thousands of people every day should also not be treated according to the human rights laws? that will bring a lot of death sentences(irak,iran,usa,israel....etc)

  • Bosmonster - 2011-01-19 14:19

    Thozamile, pappa wag vir jou!!!!

  • Pieto Smith - 2011-01-19 14:31

    The Death penalty is the only thing that will teach other murderes a lesson when they see a execution by way of legal injection. This will definitely bring back order and balance and criminals will think twice. Really - End of discussion! End of Discussion!

  • 4daluvofSA - 2011-01-19 14:45

    Bianca, go make love to your brother!

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