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Man handed life sentence for killing elderly Ngqamakhwe woman back in 2012

Sep 7, 2017
Man handed life sentence for killing elderly Ngqamakhwe woman back in 2012

It may have taken over five years, but justice was finally delivered as the Tsomo Regional Magistrate's Court on Wednesday handed a 30-year-old man, Bongisa Gxekwa, a life sentence for the murder of a 72-year-old woman, Nongezile Sikhukhula, in 2012. 

"The accused pleaded guilty to the charge," said police spokesperson, Captain Jackson Manatha.

"It is alleged that the accused stabbed the deceased all over the body on the 25 August 2012 during the night at her home at Lower Nomaheya Village, in Ngqamakhwe.

"The motive for the murder was not revealed at court by the accused."

Captain Manatha said that the deceased was alone when she was accosted by the accused.

"The life imprisonment handed down yesterday by the Tsomo Regional Magistrate's Court for the brutal murder is welcomed by the Eastern Cape Police, and we trust that the lengthy sentence will serve as a deterrent to criminals preying on women, who are not in a position to defend themselves," he added.

"Violence committed against women and children is in the forefront of our fight against crime and offenders can expect that our investigators will pursue every avenue to ensure their conviction."