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Warrant Officer convicted in murder of Elliotdale Police Station Commander

May 26, 2018
Warrant Officer convicted in murder of Elliotdale Police Station Commander

The Mthatha High Court on Friday convicted two men for the 2013 murder of Commander of the Elliotdale Police Station, Lieutenant-Colonel Nomalizo Dukumbana.

Lt Col Nomalizo Dukumbana was shot and killed in the police barracks after being waylaid by gunmen on her way from work on 17 December 2013.

After investigations, it was discovered that Dukumbana was killed by Noxolo Matya, who worked as a police constable at the police station. Matya pleaded guilty to being part of the plot to kill Dukumbana.

She was sentenced to life imprisonment at the Mthatha High Court for the murder in September 2014.

Matya was also sentenced to a further 18 years’ imprisonment on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder. Both the sentences are running concurrently.

Three men - Warrant Officer Pumzile Ngqayimbana, Mbuyiseli Ngqayimbana and Siyamcela Ntshitshi, were also later charged for conspiring with Matya.

They pleaded not guilty.

Warrant Officer  was also stationed at the same Elliotdale Police Station and also a boyfriend of Matya at the time of the killing.

According to police spokesperson, Captain Dineo Koena, during the judgement delivered by Judge Zamani Ntlangulela, accused no 1, Ntshitshi, was found guilty of murder, possession of unlicensed firearm with intent to commit crime, illegal  possession of ammunition and was not found guilty on attempted murder and conspiracy.

Accused no 2, W/O Ngqayimbana was found guilty of murder, possession of unlicensed firearm with intent to commit crime and illegal possession of ammunition. He was found not guilty on attempted murder and conspiracy.

"Both the accused were remanded in custody till 11 June 2018 for sentencing," she said.

"Accused no 3, Ngqayimbana, was aqcuited on all counts i.e murder, attempted murder, conspiracy, possession of unlicensed firearm and illegal possession of ammunition and was released.