South African Police Service | Kwa-Zulu Natal | NARI
14 Dec 2017, KwaZulu-Natal: KwaZulu-Natal: Farm attackers handed four LIFE terms plus a total of 225 years imprisonment
Pongola Regional Court convicted and sentenced five accused to four life terms and a total of 225 years imprisonment for crimes they committed in the local farms in March 2015.
From December 2014 to March 2015, a group of armed males would enter the farms in Pongola and Magudu policing precincts, rob the owners of their valuables including firearms and rape the females. Cases were opened at Pongola and Magudu police stations.
A Task Team was established to investigate the cases which led to the successful arrest and prosecution of the accused.
During the investigation, the investigating team received intelligence about the same group who were planning to attack another farm and they proceeded to the identified area where they found them hiding in the bushes.
Their accomplices fled the scene however two of them including a woman were apprehended with rifles in their possession. All the accused were arrested, Wandile Gabriel Dlamini (25) was sentenced to life imprisonment for rape, 70 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances, Mlungisi Thabathu Mathenjwa (21) and Phumlani Sotsha Mdluli (28) were each sentenced to life imprisonment for rape, 45 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances. Ntokozo Prince Mthethwa (23) sentenced to life imprisonment for rape, 30 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances and 15 years for possession of firearm and ammunition.
The fifth accused, Khethiwe Gugu Gumbi (34) was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for illegal possession of a rifle.