KZN farm attack: Man sentenced for murder of Rafferty farm couple

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Glen (63) and Vida (60) Rafferty from Normandien near Newcastle.
Glen (63) and Vida (60) Rafferty from Normandien near Newcastle.
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A man has been sentenced for the murders of Normandien farming couple, Glen and Vida Rafferty on August 30, 2020.

Sizwe Tell Zwane (33) pleaded guilty at the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

The Acting Provincial Commissioner for KwaZulu-Natal, Major General Thulani Gonya has welcomed the conviction and sentencing of Zwane.

 “We wish to commend the investigating officers who have been painstakingly investigating this case since August last year. They have continued to persevere and remain committed to ensuring that all the perpetrators are eventually behind bars,” he said.

The Raffertys and their dog were shot dead as they returned from an evening out with friends. They were accosted by a group of attackers as they entered their property. The suspects then fled in the couple’s vehicle which was later found abandoned

Zwane, who was arrested by detectives from the Provincial Organised Crime Unit on February 14, was sentenced to ten years imprisonment on one count of robbery and received 25 years imprisonment each for both counts of murder. He will serve his sentence concurrently.

Zwane was the third person who was arrested for the murders. His two co-accused who were arrested on October 15, 2020, remain in custody as their trial is still pending. Detectives have not ruled out the possibility of more arrests being affected in connection with the murders.

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