Six sent to jail for 209 years


The police urged the community in eMbalenhle to refrain from taking law into their hands.
“Should any criminal activity come to their attention, it is very important that the community report such activities to the police,” said Capt Charles Nkosi of eMbalenhle Police Station.
“In most instances, people who are victims of crime end up being the suspects due to impatience which results in the community trying to solve the problem without involving the police.”
Six people from the community in eMbalenhle were recently sentenced to 209 years imprisonment after they were accused of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and housebreaking in which it was initially deemed trying to bring justice in 2011.
The accused, Solomon Mahlangu (50), Albert Khuzwayo (66), Nkosinathi Hlatswayo (29), Simon Mahlangu (47), Michael Ngobeni (58) and Ephraim Moloi (64) were all found guilty of assaulting Tsepo Khanye (24) and two who were accused of being involved in criminal activities in the area.
Khanye died in hospital the following day.
It is alleged that the suspects entered the victim’s yard, broke windows and kidnapped the victim where after he was assaulted together with two others who were lucky to survive.
Five of the six suspects were sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for murder and Khuzwayo was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment for murder.
All suspects were further sentenced to five years for attempted murder, three years for kidnapping and three years for housebreaking.
The other other sentences will go concurrently with the first sentence.
Five of the accused are expected to spend 25 years behind bars whilst Khuzwayo is expected to spend 18 years behind bars.
“This should serve as an eye opener to others who were planning to take the law into their hands,” said Capt Nkosi.