Butterworth man gets life sentence for murdering step son

OCTOBER 19, 2015

The Mthatha High Court, sitting at Butterworth, on Friday convicted and sentenced 40-year-old Sakhele Valela for the murder of his step son.

"The allegation is that the accused took his seven year-old step son, who was staying with his family, close to Tsomo River Ngqamakhwe, on 29 September 2009 at about 07:00," Eastern Cape police said.
"The accused was carrying a spade and a pick with him.

"He then murdered the seven year-old boy and hid him in the river under a stone. There was an eye witness, who saw what happened. The witness was at his home passing water when he saw the crime."
The police said that the wife of the accused, who is the biological mother of the deceased boy, asked the whereabouts of the child from the accused.

"He insisted that he left him with other children.

"Tsomo river where the child was murdered and hidden is close to this village."
The stiff sentence was welcomed by the Butterworth Cluster Commander Brigadier Stanley Sibidla.

"It will serve as a deterrence to child abusers."