Domestic worker jailed for killing Midrand employer

2016-12-16 06:17

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Johannesburg – A domestic worker and three men who killed Midrand resident Thohira Mitha in her home in 2014, were sentenced to lengthy jail terms by the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge on Thursday.

Acting Judge Carla van Veenendaal sentenced Mitha's former domestic worker, Deliwe Zwakala, to 23 years for murder and 13 years for aggravated robbery, family spokesperson Reshaad Ismail said in a statement.

Zwakala’s then boyfriend, Goodrich Mashego, and their accomplices, Kenneth Ntshangase and Alfred Matlala, were each sentenced to life for murder, 15 years for aggravated robbery, five years for illegal possession of a firearm, and three years for possession of ammunition.

The sentences would run concurrently.

Independent Online reported in March 2015 that Zwakala was arrested shortly after the murder on December 10, 2014. She initially claimed that the men had broken into Mitha’s Vorna Valley home.

The plot to rob and kill Mitha was revealed in a confession Zwakala later made to investigators.

In her original statement to police, Zwakala said three men knocked on Mitha’s door on December 10. She said they came into the home and she heard Mitha scream.

When she tried to help Mitha, one of the men allegedly grabbed her, took her to a bedroom, tied her up and stuffed a plastic bag into her mouth to keep her quiet, IOL reported.

Mitha’s screams stopped, and after the men left, Zwakala shuffled out of the room and called for help.

Zwakala later led police to a home in Ivory Park, on Gauteng’s East Rand, where police found laptops stolen during the murder.

The firearm stolen during the attack was found in the shack Zwakala and her boyfriend, Mashego, shared.

The other three were arrested in Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga in March 2015.

The family thanked police and the media for how they handed the case.

Ismail said Van Veenendaal delivered a detailed and comprehensive judgment.

“We commend her for sending a strong message that these kind of crimes are not the norm which society needs to live in.”


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