The Provincial Commissioner of the Police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma welcomed hefty sentences meted by the Circuit of the Pretoria High Court sitting in Nelspruit, yesterday, 22 February 2018, to six convicts, among them clergy men and traditional healers.
They were sentenced for the kidnapping and murder of a six year old girl.
The victim, Leticia Nkentshane from Mgobodzi outside Malelane, accompanied her uncle to herd cattle on 29 October 2015, and was never seen again. Police investigations uncovered that the uncle, Louise Sithole aged 22, working together with five other accomplices, had murdered the victim and used her body parts for muti purposes.
They were subsequently arrested and had been attending court up until they were found guilty on 31 January 2018, with the sentencing being passed yesterday by the court.
The heartless accused were sentenced as follows:
Sithole aged 22, was sentenced to 19 years in jail for murder and five years for kidnapping.
Mazibe Sifiso Mhlolo aged 20, was sentenced to 17 years for murder and five years for kidnapping.
Bongane France Sathane Ngomane aged 28, Mnyambo Jimson Themba aged 46, Jabulani Ndlovu aged 32 and Mandla Michael Mokoena aged 48, were all sentenced to life imprisonment each for murder as well as five years for kidnapping. All their sentences will run concurrently with the life sentence.
The Provincial Commissioner lauded the investigating team for the hefty sentences secured. “These sentences should serve as a deterrent to other would-be offenders”, said the General Zuma.
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