The Mtubatuba Regional Court in KwaZulu-Natal has sentenced a 34-year-old man to life imprisonment for a 2015 murder committed in Nongoma.
On Tuesday, the court sentenced Simphiwe Wele Ngema to life imprisonment for murder and a further 15 years for armed robbery.
His co-accused, Njabulo Mukeleni Sibiya, 25, was sentenced to 15 years for armed robbery. Sibiya was further sentenced to another 15 years for another robbery he committed in 2011 at Manzawayo area, also in Nongoma.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said that on 21 March 2015, the body of Goodenough Phumlani Dlodlo, 31, was found in an open veld with a gunshot wound at Ekuvukeni area of Nongoma.
A case of murder and robbery was opened at Nongoma Police Station for further investigation. “Through investigation, suspects were arrested and charged accordingly. Njabulo Sibiya was also linked to another case of robbery that he committed at Manzawayo area in 2011. He approached a tuckshop employee and robbed her of cash, sweets, cellphones and other items before he fled the scene on foot.”