Man handed life sentence after being declared fit for trial

Man handed life sentence (Photo:Getty/Gallo)
Man handed life sentence (Photo:Getty/Gallo)

The 32-year-old Dzanibe had been sentenced for murder, 15 years for robbery and two years for defeating the ends of justice at the Durban magistrate’s court earlier this week.

This comes after two years of intense investigation into the matter by police officials. According to KwaZulu-Natal SAPS spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele, the accused visited the home of the deceased, James Mthetwa, on the evening of 9 January 2017 requesting transportation. The deceased agreed to take Dzanibe, leaving his wife and children at their home. Mthetwa’s wife became suspicious when her husband didn’t return and reported a case of kidnapping to the SAPS in Chatsworth.

Upon apprehending Dzanibe, police found him in the possession of the Mthetwa’s motor vehicle as well as cellphones. He then appeared before the Chatsworth magistrate’s court, facing charges of kidnapping and robbery where he was denied bail and remanded in police custody.

The accused eventually confessed to police regarding the whereabouts of the deceased’s body. He informed police that the body of the deceased was buried in Ixopo, where police proceeded to exhume the 42-year-old man’s body.

During the murder trail Dzanibe informed the court that he suffered from mental illness, which prompted the court to order a psychological evaluation for him. Three state psychologists conducted assessments with regards to his mental capacity and he was declared fit to stand trial.

The state concluded its case after receiving testimony from 14 witnesses.