Three Limpopo taxi bosses found guilty of murder

2018-04-21 21:46
(Getty Images)

(Getty Images)

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

Three Limpopo taxi bosses have been found guilty of murder by the Limpopo High Court after they shot and killed a fellow taxi association member, apparently over the association’s funds.

Desmond Machaba, 52, Sam Matjila, 58, and Patrick Sekhu, 58, who operate their taxi business in Mokopane, killed Charles Mgidi during the 2015 Easter weekend.

The three did not plead guilty to the charges, saying they acted in self-defence, claiming to have been chased by the deceased and his friend.

However, the court found on Friday that it was impractical that the three men who started the chase acted in self-defence, saying witness evidence suggested that the accused started the fight.

Mgidi was found dead near a pump gun at a shopping complex in Mokopane CBD on April 4.

During investigations, it emerged that the bullet cartridges found at the scene belonged to Machaba and his accomplices.

"It does not make sense that Machaba was framed by someone and placed the bullet at the scene, we don’t have such evidence," said judge Gerrit Muller.

Muller further said he did not buy their testimony that they did not kill Mgidi, when their firearms were used at the scene.

He was convinced that the State has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt that the three acted in common purpose when they charged against the deceased, and were guilty as charged.

When Machaba was stepping back to the holding cells, he said "God is for us all. He will watch over me and maybe He will forgive me."

Muller also described how witnesses recalled the deceased's speed, saying it was the speed that could outrun 800m world championship athlete Caster Semenya because of fear.

The three were remanded in custody until August 2 for mitigation and sentencing.

Read more on:    polokwane  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com 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.
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.

Settings

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.