Nkosingiphile “Skhokho” Mchunu was convicted and sentenced to 20 years for murder, five years for possession of an unlicensed firearm and five years for ammunition by the Ntuzuma Regional Court on Wednesday after the court heard how he had killed Justice Sbusiso Nene.
Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said due to the strong evidence against him, Mchunu pleaded guilty on all counts and was convicted accordingly. His sentences will run concurrently.
Zwane said: “Justice Sbusiso Nene, 51, who was a taxi owner at Inanda area was at Ngcungcwini area, Inanda, on 29 December 2014 at about 7pm when he was approached by the accused while he was inside his vehicle at his residence. The accused shot and killed the victim then he fled the scene on foot.
“The community members who witnessed the incident gave chase and notified the police. He was apprehended kilometres away from the scene and was arrested for murder. During his arrest, he was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition that he used to kill Nene.”
Cases of murder and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition were opened at Inanda police station. The docket was handed over to the Provincial Taxi Violence Team led by Colonel Welcome Mhlongo for further investigation. The accused was charged for murder and for being in possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
The seized firearm was sent for ballistic testing to ascertain if it was indeed used to kill Nene and results were positive, Zwane said.
KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni said:. “We are faced with several taxi association feuds in the province and we are thrilled that this one has been solved. We will make sure that we work tirelessly to bring peace and harmony within the taxi industry.”