Hefty prison sentence for man who killed stranded KZN cop while pretending to offer help

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A man who murdered a KwaZulu-Natal police officer was sentenced to an effective 25 years in prison.
A man who murdered a KwaZulu-Natal police officer was sentenced to an effective 25 years in prison.
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  • Two men have been sentenced – one for the murder of a KwaZulu-Natal police officer, and the other for an attempt to rob the officer.
  • Sergeant Mzamiseni Mbele was murdered in Weenen in April last year.
  • He was attacked and robbed when his car broke down on the highway while he was on his way home.

A man who murdered a KwaZulu-Natal police officer, after pretending that he wanted to help him with his broken-down car, has been jailed.

A second man, who was only convicted of an attempt to rob the officer, has also been sentenced to imprisonment.

On Friday, the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Madadeni sentenced Sboniso Linda, 36, to an effective 25 years' imprisonment, and Nkanyiso Mungwe, 25, to five years' imprisonment.

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According to Hawks spokesperson, Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo, 39-year-old Sergeant Mzamiseni Mbele, who was stationed at the Msinga police station, was on his way home in April last year when his car broke down on the R74 highway in Weenen.

Mbele let his wife know that the car had broken down. While stationary on the road, Linda and Mungwe approached him and offered to help.

Mhlongo said: 

All of a sudden, [they] severely assaulted Mbele. They robbed him of his belongings and fled the scene.

A farm worker found Mbele's body the next day

A case of murder was reported at the Weenen police station and the Hawks took over the investigation.

The men were arrested.

"Their bail [application] was successfully opposed and they appeared in court several times until they were found guilty," Mhlongo added.

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Linda was sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment for murder and 10 years' imprisonment for robbery with aggravating circumstances. Half of the robbery sentence has to be served concurrently, leaving Linda with an effective sentence of 25 years.

Mungwe was sentenced to five years' imprisonment for attempted robbery with aggravating circumstances.

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