KZN brazen robbers get life terms for taxi owner murder

KZN brazen robbers were slapped with life terms and additional 10 years sentence for committing murder and robbery.

KZN BRAZEN ROBBERS NAMED IN COURT

On Wednesday. 10 August, the Mtunzini Circuit Court sentenced the KZN brazen robbers Phumlani Mjaza, Musa Nelson Phahla and Sabelo Enoch Mdletshe, to life and 10 years imprisonment, following their conviction on robbery with aggravating circumstances and murder.

Mjaza was sentenced to a further 10 years imprisonment for the unlawful possession of a prohibited firearm.

“In June 2020, while Ntuli was parking the vehicle at his home, in the Ndaba area of Maphumulo, he was accosted by the three men.
They shot him in the head and then tried to remove his body from the vehicle so that they could drive it away,” NPA Regional Spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara explained.

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“The men knew that the victim, Nduduzo Ntuli, owned a minibus taxi, which he used to transport school children. Ntuli used the vehicle for this sole purpose and did not belong to any taxi association”.

Natasha

She added that the family members inside the house heard the noise and went outside to see what was happening.

“Mjaza was caught by the family and dispossessed of the firearm, while Phahla and Mdletshe fled the scene. Mdletshe was easily identified and thus arrested as he was a relative of Ntuli. Phahla was arrested after police received information on his whereabouts,” Natasha further explained.

CLOSING STATEMENT BY THE COURT

She went on to say in court State Advocate Dan Magwaza used evidence from an identity parade to positively link the men to the crime.

Brazen robbers get life terms for murder. Photo: Pixabay.com

“Magwaza also handed in a Victim Impact Statement, compiled by Ntuli’s father and facilitated by Court Preparation Officer Nombulelo Mzimela. In his statement, the father said that Ntuli was a good and hardworking person and the breadwinner for their family. He said that the murder has left his family broken and they did not know how to move on. The men will serve a term of life imprisonment, as the Court ordered that the sentences run concurrently”.

Natasha

She concluded to say the NPA applauds the successful prosecution and they commend the work done by the Prosecution and Police.

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