The High Court which convened in Virginia on Friday, 05 June 2015 sentenced five people accused of the murder of Malefetsane Shadrack Mbena of Thabong. The sentencing followed a murder incident that was reported at Thabong where a man was found brutally murdered on the morning of Sunday, 30 March 2014 at about 08:00 near Masimong Mine next to Erfdeel Road.
The accused males Lebohang “Makanda” Joseph Mothibedi (28), was sentenced life imprisonment, Mathata Andries Radebe (28), slapped with 22 years jail term, Bongani Mangxola (26), also sentenced to spent 22 years in jail, Wonder Moholi Moeketsi (25), received 22 years imprisonment while Teboho Edwin Malobehla (25 b), will serve 3 years in jail. All accused are residents of Thabong.
The sentencing follows an incident that occurred on the 29 March 2014, where a clash broke between the deceased and his friends at a tavern in Streiting, Thabong. They went out of the tavern and his friends attacked him with sharp objects. After that they took him to the open space near Erfdeel were they dumped him.
The suspects were arrested on 31 March 2014 in a tracing operation held by Lt Col Mzamo Nyamani and Constable Tshehla Phahlametsing of Thabong SAPS Detective Services with the assistance of SAPS Thabong Cluster Tactical Response Team. It was discovered during investigation that the accused were members of Zaota Gang and they killed Malefetsane Mbena for leaving the Zaota grouping to join IJP gang.
The case was investigated by DConst Mofukunyane of Thabong SAPS Detective Unit, Magistrate Corne Van Zyl passed the sentence while Me Antoinette Ferreira prosecuted.
Free State Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen Thabethe Mpembe lauded the members and the justice system for the good sentence passed. “This shows that crime in any form or shape will not be tolerated in our communities. These men committed a serious crime influenced by groupings (gangsterism) which resulted in the loss of life. It will also send a clear message to youngsters involved in gangsterism activities to refrain from engaging in those evil acts as they only lead them to jail or death,” concluded Lt Gen Mpembe.
Source : South African Police Service