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MOOINOOI COUPLE MURDER ACCUSED SENTENCED TO LIFE
2020/10/16      |  Written By:  Brigadier S Mokgwabone   |   Province:  North West

The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena, applauded the investigating team for securing maximum sentences in the gruesome murder of the Mooinooi homosexual couple.  

This is after Alex Mudau (37), Aaron James Sithole (26), Jack Sithole (20) and Mercia Strydom (23) were on Thursday, 15 October 2020, sentenced by the North Gauteng Division of the High Court in Pretoria. The accused were sentenced as follows:

 

Aaron James Sithole (26) and Jack Sithole (20)

·         Two counts f of murder           -           two life sentences

·         Robbery                                  -           15 years imprisonment

·         Two counts of rape                 -           two life sentences

·         Two counts of kidnapping       -           three years imprisonment for each count

·         Three counts of theft               -           three years imprisonment for each count

·         Defeating or obstructing the administration of justice – ten years imprisonment

 

Alex Mudau (37)

·         Two counts f of murder           -           two life sentences

·         Robbery                                  -           15 years imprisonment

·         Two counts of kidnapping       -           three years imprisonment for each count

·         Three counts of theft               -           three years imprisonment for each count

·         Defeating or obstructing the administration of justice – ten years imprisonment

 

Mercia Strydom (23)

·         Two counts f of murder           -           two life sentences

·         Robbery                                  -           15 years imprisonment

·         Two counts of kidnapping       -           10 years imprisonment for each count

·         Three counts of theft               -           three years imprisonment for each count

·         Unlawful possession of firearms -      ten years imprisonment

·         Unlawful possession of ammunition - five years imprisonment

·         Defeating or obstructing the administration of justice – ten years imprisonment

The sentencing emanates from the murder of Anisha (30) and Joey Van Niekerk (32) on Sunday, 10 December 2017, consequent to a plot to take over the couple’ smallholding in Elandsfontein near Mooinooi, by the late mastermind, Koos Strydom (54) who died while in detention at Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre, in September 2019.

The couple was last seen at the smallholding, after a visit by their family members on Sunday, 10 December 2017. The family became suspicious after the couple failed to arrive the following day in Pretoria for funeral arrangements and they could not be reached by phone, which led the family to open a missing person enquiry.

Preliminary investigation led to the activation of a task team which questioned Koos Strydom. He informed the team that he saw the couple on Monday, 11 December 2017, after telling him that they were travelling to Cape Town. Strydom presented the police with a note and false change of ownership documents.

Following a thorough investigation, Jack Sithole who was taken in for questioning together with his brother, Alex, confessed and implicated Strydom and five other individuals to the killing of the couple. The accused appeared in the Brits Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 15 December 2017. Three other accused have since been turned into state witnesses.

Investigations showed that the couple was called to Koos Strydom’ smallholding where they were pointed with firearms and forced to sign a bogus purchase agreement before being raped and strangled. The victims’ bodies were burnt and thrown in the nearby river. Their vehicle was later found on the Magaliesburg Road, on Monday, 18 December 2017.

The Provincial Commissioner commended the team and all other role players for the success and reiterated that Gender Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) is a national priority and that the perpetrators thereof will not be spared.