Sithole's murder not related to xenophobic attacks, court told

2016-01-29 19:00


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

Johannesburg – Emmanuel Sithole’s death was not related to xenophobic attacks, a court was told on Friday.

The murdered Mozambican vendor’s killers appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday for sentencing.

Mthinta Bhengu and Sifundi Mzimzela were convicted in November last year of murdering the vendor in April of the same year.

The investigating officer said although the attack happened during the xenophobic violence, the two were not related.

"The probation officer said that Bhengu showed remorse for his actions and that he believed he could be rehabilitated," SABC News tweeted.

The investigating officer said the attack was not related to xenophobia, even though it happened during xenophobic violence.

Mzimzela’s mother gave evidence on behalf of her son.

She said Mzimzela grew up poor in Nkandla and lost a father when he was 4 months old. He dropped out of school when he was in Grade 9 because she couldn’t afford to keep him there.

The SABC reported that Mzimzela’s mother had asked the Sithole family for forgiveness for what her son had done and said that he had also asked for forgiveness.

"My son grew up struggling because I made little money. We both stayed in a rented shack," she said, according to ANN7.

Mamosebetsi Mofokeng, Sithole’s stepmother said she wanted a harsh sentence for her stepson’s killer.

She said Sithole had three children who were now without a father.

The court said that although the murders weren’t premeditated, it "certainly did not happen on the spur of the moment".

The State requested that Bhengu get a minimum of 15 years and Mzimzela between eight and 10 years behind bars.

Sithole was stabbed to death during a wave of xenophobic violence in Alexandra in April 2015.

It was believed that the men took cigarettes from the street vendor without paying and attacked and killed him when he demanded payment.

Sentencing will continue on Monday.

Read more on:    johannesburg  |  crime

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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 network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.