The life sentence of a 28-year-old man, for the murder of Musawenkosi Msomi, 30, at Glebelands hostel will send a strong message to criminals that their days are numbered, said the KwaZulu-Natal member of the executive committee for transport, community safety and liaison, Mxolisi Thomas Kaunda, on Friday.
“As the provincial government, we congratulate the police for their sterling work in bringing perpetrators of Glebelands murders to book. This will send a strong message to all criminals terrorising the hostel that their days are numbered,” Kaunda said.
Sanele Nkunzebomvu Thusi was convicted and sentenced in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Thursday. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing Msomi at Glebelands hostel last year, and he was further sentenced to a total of 34 years’ imprisonment for another murder, attempted murder, and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
In January 2018, Msomi was at block M at Glebelands hostel, Umlazi, when he was approached by Thusi who shot him dead before fleeing. Thusi was arrested and linked to an attempted murder case that was reported in 2017 at the Glebelands hostel as well as the killing of Msomi.
He was further linked to a 2014 murder case of Miya Mjadu, 37, at KwaDabeka which was already withdrawn at court because of insufficient evidence. Mjadu’s case was re-opened and the accused was charged and sentenced accordingly.
Kaunda said that these arrests and convictions were a clear indication that police were winning the battle against the murders that have plagued Glebelands hostel.
In a separate case, Kaunda condemned the killing of Mhlengi Khumalo who was the SA Communist Party branch secretary in kwaPata in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday. His office said the police report indicated that Khumalo was killed while having dinner at his home.
Kaunda has urged the police to work around the clock and bring Khumalo’s killers to book and called for calm in the area and urged members of the community to share information with the police which could lead to the arrest of the suspects.
“We would like to appeal to members of the community to stop speculating on the motive behind Khumalo’s death but allow the police to do their work,” said Kaunda.
Kaunda sent his deepest condolences to the family and friends of Khumalo.
– African News Agency