East London man jailed for 25 years for brutal 2014 murder and rape

AUGUST 11, 2016

Cambridge police detectives have welcomed a hefty sentence imposed on the alleged killer of the well-known East London business man, Lulamile Mbewana, who was shot and killed while in his car with a female companion at Amalinda in 2014. The woman was later raped in a nearby bush.

"During the night of 15 June 2015, the deceased was sitting in his car with a female companion near Amalinda Fish Farm, in East London, when a man knocked at the window and demanded that they open the doors of the vehicle. During that moment the assailant fired a shot through the window and fatally wounded Mr Mbewana," described police spokesperson,  Captain Mluleki Mbi. 

"It is alleged that the assailant demanded cellphone from the woman at gun point and ordered her to search the deceased. An iPhone, Nokia cellphone, wallet with cash and cards, wrist watch, wedding ring and a bunch of keys includind car keys were robbed.  He then ordered the woman to the nearby bushes where he raped her."

Police investigators followed up a lead which pointed them to the whereabouts of the accused. 

A firearm, iPhone keys and a wrist watch were recovered from the accused.

The East London Regional Court imposed a life sentence for murder, fifteen (15) years for aggravated robbery and ten (10) years for rape.  The accused was also declared unfit to possess a firearm.

The Cambridge station commander, Brigadier Nomso Siganga commended the investigating team and the prosecuting authority for a successful prosecution of this case. 

“Nothing will deter us in ensuring that perpetrators of crime in the Cambidge rot in jail,” she added.