A notorious hitman, Fisokuhle Nkani Ntuli (32), has been sentenced to six life terms and 39 years imprisonment for a string of charges by the Esikhawini Regional Court.
This comes after Ntuli was convicted in October 2021 on six counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, two counts of possession of a prohibited firearm and two counts of unlawful possession of ammunition.
According top the National Prosecuting Authority, the sentence are for the murders that he committed in the Nongoma area between 2015 to 2018.
On Tuesday NPA regional spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara said that in April 2015 Ntuli killed Bhutiza Sandisa Mahlobo, in May 2016 he shot and killed Goodwill Bheki Nyembe and also attempted to murder Nyembe’s wife, Nolwazi Ngomezulu.
In January 2017, said Ramkisson-Kara, Ntuli killed three brothers Sibusiso Phiwayinkosi, Mcebisi and Sibusiso Elvis Zulu. The trio were going to be witnesses in Nyembe’s murder case.
Ntuli then further killed Sphamandla Mthokozisi Zungu in August 2018, said Ramkisson-Kara.
Representing the state, the deputy director of public prosecutions, Advocate Cyril Selepe, led the evidence of eyewitnesses as well as ballistics and the testimonies of SAPS officials in Ntuli’s case.
Selepe also handed in victim impact statements facilitated by court preparation officer, Ntombi Chonco, and compiled by members of the victims’ families.
“All the statements alluded to the horrific and violent manner in which the victims were killed, with the family members saying that Ntuli had no right to take the lives of their loved ones.
“Further, they described the emotional and financial hardships they have had to encounter due to the loss of the breadwinners,” said Ramkisson-Kara.
Ntuli, one of the accused in the murder of former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa.