KwaMashu Hostel murderers handed heavy sentences

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KwaMashu Hostel murderers handed heavy sentences
KwaMashu Hostel murderers handed heavy sentences

On 7 February 2019, Durban High Court sentenced two murderers to life terms imprisonment and a total of 54 years imprisonment. Sifiso Gumede (29) and Sizwe Mthiyane (34) were each sentenced to two life terms imprisonment for murder, 30 years imprisonment for attempted murder, 15 years imprisonment for robbery and nine years imprisonment for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

In October 2018, a group of males were having a party at a local liquor outlet on Xolani Road at the KwaMashu Hostel, when they were approached by four men who pretended to be patrons. When they were informed that the liquor outlet was out of stock, they drew firearms, fired gunshots and robbed the patrons of cellphones and cash.

Bonginkosi Biyela (29) and Sibonelo Mbanjwa (33) were fatally wounded. Four other victims were wounded and taken to hospital for medical attention. The suspects fled the scene on foot. A case of murder, attempted murder and armed robbery were opened at the KwaMashu police station for investigation.

Subsequently on the same day, police were conducting an operation along Mzilikazi Road when they stopped and searched two males, Gumede and Mthiyane. They recovered two pistols, four cellphones and a tablet in their possession. The suspects were then arrested. Intensive investigation including the ballistic report on the recovered firearms positively linked them to the murder.

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