Murder accused sentenced to 17 years’ direct imprisonment

Murder accused sentenced to 17 years’ direct imprisonment
Detective Sergeant Khambule. Image source: SAPS

On 02 February 2024, Durban Regional Court sentenced Olwethu Ranana (29) to 17 years’ direct imprisonment for Murder.

It is alleged that on 07 May 2023, an African male was murdered at the Bottelbrush Informal Settlement. Police immediately activated a team to conduct investigations where Ranana was arrested the next day. On 09 May 2023, Detective Sergeant Khambule successfully opposed bail citing Ranana as a flight risk.

Unable to identify the victim, Sergeant Khambule sought assistance from SAPS Fingerprint experts who were able to identify the victim through records. Sadly, Sergeant Khambule had to visit the mother of the deceased to inform her of her son’s death, which she was not aware of.

The management commended Detective Sergeant Khambule of SAPS Chatsworth for his meticulous investigation, where he was rewarded with a certificate of appreciation.

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