Taxi driver sen­tenced to life in jail for killing young fa­ther

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - News - – Lwandile Bhengu

Relief filled the faces of Anesh Ram­jet­tan and Omesh Bal­raj as the man who gunned down their brother was sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment.

Kidesh Ram­jet­tan, 37, was shot at point-blank range at his Ross­burgh petrol sta­tion, south of Durban, in Au­gust.

Jo­han­nes­burg taxi driver Ayanda Shezi‚ 34‚ and his co-ac­cused‚ Men­ziwa Mdaka and Zakhele Dubazane‚ were ar­rested in Gaut­eng two months later.

Shezi had pleaded guilty to mur­der and Mdaka and Dubazane are yet to plead.

On Fri­day‚ Shezi ap­peared in the Durban Mag­is­trate’s Court, where mag­is­trate Si­fiso Luthuli slammed the way the young fa­ther of one was killed.

“The na­ture of this mur­der and the brazen man­ner it was car­ried out, in ex­e­cu­tion style‚ far out­weigh the fact that the ac­cused pleaded guilty‚” Luthuli said.

Mdaka and Dubazane will ap­pear in court on Novem­ber 22 for a for­mal bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

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