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33-year-old Centane man slapped with life sentence for brutal 2012 murder

MARCH 28, 2017
33-year-old Centane man slapped with life sentence for brutal 2012 murder

A Centane man, Yanga Malangeni, aged 33, was on Monday sentenced to undergo life imprisonment for the murder of Tanana Gaja, aged 63, in 2012.

"He was also sentenced to undergo 15 years imprisonment for robbery as he also robbed the deceased," said police spokesperson, Captain Jackson Manatha.

Captain Manatha said that Gaja was last seen alive coming from a traditional ceremony on 29 September 2012. The traditional ceremony had taken place at Mcothama Village, in Centane, and the deceased live in the same village.

"He was later found dead with wounds on his upper body on 02 October 2012, at about 10:00, near maize field at Mcothama Village, in Centane," he said.

"No one saw, who murdered the deceased.

"However, Centane police detectives cracked the case and arrested Malangeni, who was aged 28 at the time.

"He had robbed the deceased an undisclosed amount of money."

Captain Manatha said that Malangeni was sentenced by the Mthatha High Court on Monday.