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Axed family killers get life terms

Criminals sentenced to life imprisonment for hacking family of three SAPS Criminals sentenced to life imprisonment for hacking family of three

Pregnant woman among the dead

November 1, 2017

Staff Reporter

Durban: Four young men are serving life terms for the brutal killing of three people they robbed and killed - all for the sake of R1000.

Siphesihle Nduli (21), Mxolisi Biyela (21), Sphamandla Khayile (20) and Khanyisani Nduli (19) were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment in the Durban High Court yesterday for the offences of murder, attempted murder, housebreaking and robbery with aggravating circumstances they committed in August 2016.

Three people died at the hands of the killers when they entered Nonhlosi Sekwamele's house and attacked butchered Lucky Mhlongo, Maureen Mabizela and Nobuhle Mhlongo (who was pregnant) on August 18, 2016. Sekwamele survived the attack. The men broke into the home while the occupants were asleep. 

The complainant, deceased and accused all resided in the Kwazululiyaduma area in Melmoth and were known to each other. On the night of the incident, the accused armed themselves with knives and firearms and went to the house were the deceased and complainant were asleep. They broke into the house and hacked and shot at the occupants. They then stole a sum of R1000 and fled the scene.

The deceased died at the scene.

In aggravation of sentence Senior State Advocate Vusi Xaba told the court that the acts of violence committed by the accused were extremely horrific and the fact that they showed no remorse during the trial was further disturbing.

Nduli and Biyela were sentenced to 3 terms of life imprisonment for the murders, 15 years for robbery, 15 years for attempted murder and 5 years for housebreaking. Khayile was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for each of the murders, 15 years for robbery, 15 years for attempted murder and 5 years for housebreaking. Accused 4 was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for each murder, 15 years for robbery, 15 years for attempted murder and 5 years for housebreaking.

The Director of Public Prosecutions in KZN, Advocate Moipone Noko welcomed the conviction and sentence. She said: “This sentence is indicative of the serious light in which the Criminal Justice System views crimes of this nature, despite the young age of the accused persons.”

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