Cou­ple had moved to South Africa

Cynon Valley - - YOUR VIEW - THOMAS DEA­CON thomas.dea­con@me­di­

A SEC­OND man will spend life in prison for the mur­ders of a Welsh cou­ple in South Africa.

Thu­lani Moses Mthembu was sen­tenced for the mur­ders of Chris­tine and Roger So­lik, who moved from Aber­cynon to South Africa in 1981.

On Oc­to­ber 27 Pi­eter­mar­itzburg High Court con­victed and sen­tenced Mthembu to two life terms for mur­der of the cou­ple, as well as 15 years for rob­bery with ag­gra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances and five years for each count of kid­nap­ping.

He had de­nied the of­fences and stood trial.

Xolani Brian Ndlovu, 38, pleaded guilty to the mur­ders in Oc­to­ber.

The cou­ple were killed in a rob­bery at their farm­land es­tate and were tied up and had pil­low cases placed over their heads when they were thrown off a bridge into a river.

Mrs So­lik, 57, was found dead in a river 45 miles from her home on Fe­bru­ary 17. The body of her hus­band, Roger, a 66-year-old Parkinson’s suf­ferer, was dis­cov­ered three days later.

Ndlovu was given two life sen­tences af­ter ad­mit­ting their mur­ders at Pi­eter­mar­itzburg High Court in Oc­to­ber.

He was also sen­tenced to 10 years for kid­nap­ping and 15 years for house rob­bery.

KwaZulu-Natal Act­ing Pro­vin­cial Com­mis­sioner Maj Gen Langa said af­ter Ndlovu was sen­tenced: “We hope this sen­tence will give clo­sure to the fam­ily who lost their loved ones in a bru­tal man­ner.

“I con­grat­u­late the in­ves­tiga­tive team who per­sis­tently pur­sued the mat­ter and gath­ered enough ev­i­dence and en­sured that jus­tice pre­vailed.”

In a vic­tim im­pact state­ment read to the court their son, Gre­gory – also writ­ing on be­half of his sib­lings – de­scribed the time since the mur­ders as “dis­ori­en­tat­ing, painful and be­yond com­pre­hen­sion”.

At the time of their deaths their chil­dren de­scribed them as “in­sep­a­ra­ble”.

Lynne Thomas, a friend of the cou­ple and a brides­maid at their wed­ding, had said: “I have a lot of mem­o­ries of Chris­tine from when we were younger.

“She was a lovely, lovely per­son.”

Welsh ex­pats Roger and Chris­tine So­lik were killed in a rob­bery at their farm­land es­tate

Xolani Brian Ndlovu, 38

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