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Police welcome sentences handed out by Bhisho High Court to murderers

Sep 5, 2018
Police welcome sentences handed out by Bhisho High Court to murderers

Eastern Cape police welcomed the conviction and sentencing of two suspects, Thobela Henama (25) and Mzwandile Henama (26), for murder, by Bhisho Regional Court.

"The conviction follows after the Detectives investigated a murder case where the victim (36) was stabbed to death in a tavern at Frankfort Location outside King Williams Town in December 2017," said police spokesperson,  Captain Siphokazi Mawisa.

"Police followed the information they received from the community about the whereabouts of the suspects and managed to arrest them on 19 December 2017.

"They first appeared at Bhisho Magistrate's Court on 20 December 2017 and were granted bail of R1 000.00 each.

"They appeared at the Magistrate's court several times and on June 2018 the case was transferred to Regional Court."

She said that on 24 August 2018, they were found guilty and Thobela Henama was sentenced to twenty years (20) imprisonment and Mzwandile Henama was sentenced to one year imprisonment.

Meanwhile, a 46-year-old male, Kholekile Mniki, was also sentenced and convicted for murder by the Bhisho Regional Court on 22 August 2018.

"The suspect stabbed to death a 39-year-old male at Border Post outside King William’s Town on 30 April 2017. Police received an assistance from the community to arrest the suspect and was arrested on the same day of the incident," said police spokesperson, Capt Mawisa.

"He appeared in Court and was granted a bail of R1 000,00."

She said that he was later found guilty and sentenced to fifteen years (15) for Murder Bhisho Regional Court on 22 August 2018.

The Steve Vukile Tshwete Station Commander, Captain Zinakile Siphika, thanked the work done by the Detectives in ensuring that the suspects are not going back to the community.

“This sends a strong message to all perpetrators that breaking the law will definitely take you behind bars,” he added.