Life sen­tence for killer coun­cil­lor

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS • IZINDABA - Welling­ton Mak­wakwa

FOR­MER mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil­lor Cyprian Sipho Kweyama (50) will spend the re­main­der of his days be­hind bars af­ter be­ing sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment for mur­der on Thurs­day.

The well known com­mu­nity leader re­ceived the max­i­mum sen­tence in the eSikhaw­ini Re­gional Mag­is­trate’s Court, as did his friend and ac­com­plice Du­misani Mthembu (52), for the killing of Thu­lani Mkhwanazi (34) at Port Durn­ford in De­cem­ber 2014.

The duo ac­cused Mkhwanazi of break­ing into Mthembu’s house at eMadaka and steal­ing his firearm.

Dur­ing court pro­ceed­ings, it was re­vealed the pair went to the vic­tim’s house in KwaN­daya and drove him to Port Durn­ford where they as­saulted him.

He was rushed to Ng­welezana Hospi­tal where he later suc­cumbed to his in­juries.

The two men were ini­tially re­leased from po­lice cus­tody and con­tin­ued at­tend­ing the case while out on bail.

In July, how­ever, it was learned that Kweyama had ab­sconded, leav­ing Mthembu alone in the dock.

A war­rant of ar­rest was is­sued and a huge man­hunt was con­ducted to lo­cate his where­abouts.

When po­lice fi­nally caught up with him, he claimed his lawyer had mixed up his court ap­pear­ance dates.

The mag­is­trate then or­dered that both ac­cused be held in po­lice cus­tody un­til the case was con­cluded.

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