Sentencing of Gauteng top cop's killers postponed

2015-12-15 20:10
SAPS memorial Pretoria. (Thomas Hartleb, News24)

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Johannesburg - Sentencing proceedings for three men found guilty of killing Johannesburg police cluster commander, Major General Tirhani Maswanganyi, were postponed in the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday, the NPA said.

The matter was postponed to January 19 after lawyers for Ndaedzo Isaac Vele, Tshepo Leon Mosai and Simon Nthone Msibi asked for four weeks to find a specialist to compile a pre-sentencing report for their clients, National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku said.

The three had 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 and Msibi was a police officer.

The State 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.

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.

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

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