Justice for murdered Marikana ward councillor

2018-07-25 21:39
(iStock)

(iStock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Hawks boss Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya has welcomed the lengthy sentences imposed on eight men who were found guilty of murdering former Marikana ward councillor Petros Charlie Sabata of the ANC.

The accused, Aubrey Goemeone Seitsang, Sibonile Sobopha, Herbert Baxesi, William Nyenyane, Samson Gqwetani, Mzoli Gift Luvela, Luvo Soyizwaphi and Mzolisi Mbulane, were each handed 20 years' imprisonment by the North West High Court in Mogwase on Wednesday.

In a statement, the Hawks said Sabata was murdered on December 8, 2016, by a group of men who hacked him with pangas following a dispute over the allocation of RDP houses.

"The North West Hawks' priority violent crimes (unit) investigated the case and arrested fourteen suspects in connection with the murder," said Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

"Charges were withdrawn against six of the suspects and the remaining eight accused were found guilty of murder."

Lebeya said it could never be business as usual when people take the law into their own hands regardless of what their grievances are about.

"The authority of the state will be applied without fear or favour at all times. This sentence is testament to the collaborative efforts by the prosecuting and investigative teams. We hope the sentence will discourage lawlessness in all its forms," said Lebeya.

Read more on:    crime
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.