Four Esikhaleni accused #Sentenced to life imprisonment
KwaZulu-Natal: On Friday, 13 July 2018, the Pietermaritzburg High Court convicted and sentenced four murderers to long term imprisonment. Sabelo Zulu (36) was sentenced to three life terms for killing two victims and raping the woman. He was further sentenced to 60 years for three counts of robbery and five years for kidnapping. Bongani Nkwanyana (41) was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder and a further 35 years for two counts of robbery.
Musa Cele (30) to life imprisonment for murder and 15 years for robbery. He further gets 15 years for possession of unlicensed firearm and a further five years for kidnapping. Nkululeko Zwane (22) to 25 years imprisonment for each two counts of murders. He was further sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for two counts of robbery.
In January 2015 four accused were terrorizing the community of Mandlankala and tuck-shop owners. The first incident was at a tuck-shop at Mandlankal area where they shot and killed the shop owner. They further took cash and cellphones before they fled the scene. On the next day, they approached Mfundo Mbhele (35) who was sitting in his vehicle with his girlfriend. Mfundo was shot dead and his firearm and cellphone was taken. The accused drove away in his vehicle with the woman inside. Later, the woman was raped. The accused continued with their spree where they robbed another tuck shop in the area.
Cellphones and cash were taken.
Esikhaleni detective members started their intensive investigation, searching for these criminals. Information was received that one of the accused is in hospital after he was allegedly shot by his own gang. He was traced in hospital and through further investigation, the other three were arrested and two unlicensed firearms were recovered. They were linked in these robbers and killings.