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Warrant Officer and accomplice jailed for life for killing Police Station Commander

Jul 3, 2018
Warrant Officer and accomplice jailed for life for killing Police Station Commander

The Mthatha High Court on Monday sentenced two suspects to life imprisonment 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.

The 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 on 11 June 2018, 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 3, 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.

During the judgment, Judge Ntlangulela acquited  accused no 2 - Mbuyiseli Ngqayimbana, of murder, possession of unlicensed firearm with intent to commit crime, illegal possession of ammunition, attempted murder and conspiracy .

On Monday, Judge Ntlangulela sentenced accused no 1, Ntshitshi, and accused no 3, Ngqayimbana, to life imprisonment for murder, six years for possession of illegal firearms and three years for unlawful possession of ammunition.

"All will run concurrently," said Capt Koena.

The Acting Cluster Commander Brigadier Nomawethu Makonza welcomed the judgement and said; "this is a lesson to all of us that no one is above the law. Today, we will put closure on this trauma however we will not forget our fallen heroine who sacrificed her life in protecting people's lives and we salute her. May her soul rest in peace."