Life sen­tences for mur­der­ous duo

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Welling­ton Mak­wakwa

TWO men who went on a vi­o­lent crime spree in the eShowe re­gion will spend the re­main­der of their days in prison.

Siyanda Th­wala (24) and Sdumo Ce­bekhulu (30) were sen­tenced to two life terms and an ad­di­tional 40 years in prison at the Mtun­zini High Court on Thurs­day.

They were found guilty on two counts of rob­bery with ag­gra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances, rape, kid­nap­ping, mur­der and for be­ing in pos­ses­sion of un­li­censed firearms and am­mu­ni­tion.

In Novem­ber 2015 the two en­tered a shop in the Mngam­pondo area near eShowe and robbed a fe­male shop­keeper at gun­point and then stabbed her to death.

The com­mu­nity con­ducted a huge man­hunt to bring the cul­prits to jus­tice, but their ef­forts proved fruit­less.

The fol­low­ing day po­lice were called to the area af­ter Th­wala was seen in the area.

When po­lice ap­pre­hended him they found him in pos­ses­sion of an un­li­censed firearm and am­mu­ni­tion.

Ce­bekhulu was also ar­rested soon af­ter.

In a sur­pris­ing twist of events, while po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the eShowe in­ci­dent, bal­lis­tic tests on the firearms found in pos­ses­sion of both crim­i­nals re­vealed they were also linked to another case in Em­pan­geni.

It was dis­cov­ered they hi­jacked a cou­ple, killed the driver and locked the fe­male pas­sen­ger in­side the boot and later re­peat­edly raped her..

She man­aged to es­cape and re­ported the in­ci­dent to the Em­pan­geni SAPS.

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