Wembezi murder case second accused sentenced

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Wembezi murder case second accused sentenced

Girlfriend to join her co-accused in jail for a murder. On 23 August 2016, the second accused in a Wembezi murder case, Fikelephi Ngubane (22) appeared in the Dukuza High Court and was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.

It began when a Bergville resident, Raymond Mabizela (52), the deceased in this case, was lured to Wembezi on 11 March 2016. He was lured by his girlfriend, Fikelephi Ngubane to Wembezi area where he was kidnapped by Sizwe ‘Rasta’ Ntshusha, the first accused in the case. Mabizela was then brutally killed and his body was dumped in the most inhumane manner. His body was later found hidden in a sinkhole. His vehicle was then used by the accused and later set alight. Police recovered the burnt out vehicle at Wembezi area after which Bergville police received a missing person’s report and began a search for the owner. But the deceased was nowhere to be found. The body of the deceased was recovered 13 days later, by officers from the K9 Search and Rescue Unit in the sinkhole and the body was partially decomposed. A case of murder was opened and five days later the first accused was arrested.

The investigation was handled by Wembezi detectives who successfully opposed bail and both the accused remained behind bars until they were sentenced. Sizwe Ntshusha (30) pleaded guilty on 27 June 2016 where the Pietermaritzburg High Court sentenced him to twenty years’ imprisonment for murder, five years imprisonment for kidnapping, and five years’ imprisonment for malicious damage to property. Sentences to run concurrently.

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