Gauteng top cop's killers sentenced to life in jail

2016-04-04 19:00


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Johannesburg - Three men who were found guilty of killing Johannesburg police cluster commander Major General Tirhani Maswanganyi were sentenced to life in prison in the High Court in Pretoria on Monday, the National Prosecuting Authority said.

Spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku confirmed that Ndaedzo Isaac Vele, Tshepo Leon Mosai and Simon Nthone Msibi had received the hefty sentences.

The NPA welcomed the sentences. "It is a reasonable message to those who target our men and women in blue... that the killing of a police official will not be tolerated," Mfaku said.

"If you murder a police official who is performing his or her function [in society], the minimum prescribed sentence is life imprisonment."

On June 17, 2013, the group forced Maswanganyi's Isuzu bakkie off the road in Hammanskraal and forced him into another car at gunpoint.

They assaulted and strangled him, before dumping his body in the veld. He was found with his hands and feet bound.

Following their arrest, the three men pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, or alternatively conspiracy to commit murder, robbery and kidnapping.

Vele was a member of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) and Msibi was a SAPS police officer, while Mosai was believed to be a crime intelligence informer.

During the trial, the State had alleged that Maswanganyi was killed because of unhappiness with how he conducted certain investigations.

Vele and Mosai were approached to help with Maswanganyi's murder. They then contacted Msibi and two other men and pointed the general out to them.

Maswanganyi's wife Shereen was killed in a car accident on her way to attend the trial in July.

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