House arrest, community service and R48 000 fine for actress Busi Lurayi

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Actress Busi Lurayi has been sentenced.
Actress Busi Lurayi has been sentenced.
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South African actress Busi Lurayi has been sentenced to house arrest, community service and a R48 000 fine for theft or two years’ imprisonment.

The sentence was suspended for five years by the Randburg Magistrate's Court.

The former Sokhulu and Partners actress' sentence includes a payment of R20 000 to Mziwoxolo Qwelane in installments of R1 000 into his FNB account before December 5, and before the 5th every month consecutively until she has paid in full. 

The two are former lovers.

For the duration of her sentence, she has to do 16 hours of community service. 

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She has been placed under house arrest at her Randpark Ridge home unless she is going to work, religious activities, consultations with medical practitioners or for personal matters. She is also restricted to the magisterial districts of Johannesburg.

“[Busi] shall refrain from misusing intoxicating liquor or dependence producing substance other than prescribed by a medical practitioner during the full duration of her sentence,” magistrate Pravina Rughoonandan ordered.

“[Busi] shall refrain from committing a criminal offence while still under correctional supervision and must provide proof of employment on a quarterly basis.”

She is also placed in the “high risk” category.

She has to report to her correctional officer within 48 hours and cannot change her home or work address without giving prior notice to the department of correctional services.

The 35-year-old Busi must also attend rehabilitation programs such as life skills, communications skills and responsibility programs.

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In 2015, Mziwoxolo had gone home to the Eastern Cape and on his return he found his home had been looted.  He initially thought there was a break in, but CCTV footage showed that the former City Ses’la actress had gained access to the house, so he took her to court for the items that cost more than R400 000.

She was found guilty of the theft when she appeared in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court in September. The stolen items included her ex-boyfriend’s Samsung fridge and TV, mattresses, a microwave, pots, carpet, bedding, a couch, a baby feeding chair and a washing machine.

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