Share

Cop gets effective 30 years for killing friend and pregnant fiancé

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
A police officer has been sentenced to an effective 30 years imprisonment for the murder of his friend and fiancée last month.
A police officer has been sentenced to an effective 30 years imprisonment for the murder of his friend and fiancée last month.
PHOTO: Fani Mahuntsi, Gallo Images
  • A KwaZulu-Natal police officer was sentenced to an effective 30 years behind bars for the murder of his friend and pregnant fiancé.
  • He pleaded guilty to the murders.
  • The court found that the constable was remorseful and eligible for rehabilitation.

A KwaZulu-Natal police officer has been sentenced to an effective 30 years' imprisonment for a double murder.

The KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg sentenced Constable Lindokuhle Sikhakhane, 2 after he pleaded guilty to the murder of his friend and pregnant fiancé.

The details of what transpired were contained in a plea statement Sikhakhane had given.

He said he called his fiancé, Samkelisiwe Mtshali, on 6 January 2023 and that she told him she wasn't feeling well.

At the time, she was on her way to the home of her parents in Nquthu.

He tried calling her several times after that, but she didn't answer.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara said:

He then went to his friend, Sandile Nene (a security guard), who owned a vehicle, asking him for a lift to Nquthu. They agreed that Sikhakhane would pay R3 000 for fuel, and they travelled from Pietermaritzburg to Nquthu.

When he called Mtshali again, she told him that she was pregnant and then cut the call.

At some point during their journey, Nene told him that he must pay an additional R2 000 for the fuel, leading to an argument.

At a stage, according to Sikhakhane, Nene stopped the vehicle, got out and fired shots at him, prompting him to use his service pistol to return fire, killing Nene.

"He then got into the driver's seat and continued to Nquthu, leaving Nene's body on the side of the road," Ramkisson-Kara said.

READ | Grease and desist! Cop among six busted with suspected stolen vehicles, cooking oil worth R1.3m

According to his plea statement, he suspected Mtshali had been cheating on him, so he called a number that he had saved from her phone.

"A man answered the call and told him that he was in a relationship with Mtshali. The man apologised to him, saying that he didn't know Mtshali had a fiancé. Sikhakhane finally managed to contact Mtshali, and they decided that they would drive back to Pietermaritzburg together on 8 January 2023," Ramkisson-Kara said.

While travelling back, he made a stop in the Pomeroy area where his family lived. He confronted Mtshali about the paternity of the baby she was carrying and asked to see her cellphone. She reportedly refused to talk to him, and he shot and killed her. He left her body there and drove back home, where he confessed to his mother.

Sikhakhane handed himself over to the police.

How safe is your neighbourhood? Find out by using News24's CrimeCheck

Victim impact statements handed into the court stated that Nene was a kind, non-violent person and that those who knew him were "in disbelief about his senseless killing and are not able to recover from their loss".

In imposing the sentence, the court found that Sikhakhane was remorseful and eligible for rehabilitation.

He was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment for Nene's murder and 25 years' imprisonment for Mtshali's murder. The court ordered that 10 years of the sentence imposed for Nene's murder should be served concurrently with the sentence imposed for Mtshali's murder, resulting in an effective sentence of 30 years.



We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
heading
description
username
Show Comments ()
Voting Booth
Do you think the EFF’s shutdown on Monday was successful?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
No, it was mild and missed the mark
88% - 280 votes
Yes, it gripped South Africa’s attention
12% - 38 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
18.53
+0.0%
Rand - Pound
22.77
-0.5%
Rand - Euro
19.99
-0.1%
Rand - Aus dollar
12.40
-0.3%
Rand - Yen
0.14
-0.1%
Platinum
978.14
+0.6%
Palladium
1,391.36
-1.1%
Gold
1,944.20
+0.2%
Silver
22.50
+0.5%
Brent Crude
75.32
+2.0%
Top 40
69,488
+1.0%
All Share
74,960
+0.9%
Resource 10
65,382
-0.4%
Industrial 25
101,211
+1.4%
Financial 15
15,313
+1.6%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE