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2021/07/29      |  Written By:  Mr M Ngxukumeshe   |   Province:  Western Cape

The 14 accused men who have been found guilty of murdering six young men in vigilante-style in the open ground in a farm in Kraaifontein in 2014 have been slapped with different heavy sentences including life sentence and 20 years, in what the Judge Chantall Fortuin described it as a way of sending a strong message to smash the vigilante group to nothing.

This happened on Wednesday 28 July 2021 in Western Cape High Court.

Judge Fortuin slapped life sentence to first accused Tsepo Matabela who is 43-years-old for each premeditated murder he committed to six victims and five years of kidnapping, whilst his other 12 co-accused received 20 years imprisonment each for six murders and five years for kidnapping.

Another accused Ayanda who was luckier than others receive 10 years imprisonment for murder and five years of kidnapping.

 The total number of years sentencing to all the accused was 1560 and all their sentences would run concurrently.

“You have decided to take the law into own your hands and as a result, you have opted to slaughter people like animals who have been found to have no previous convictions, without giving them opportunity to be heard  in a lawfully court of law.”

Our constitution places on us that no one should take life of another person.       

When looking to 2014/2015 crime report Kraaifontein has been among the Top ten policing precincts which were ravaged by violent crimes murder in particular and you have decided to escalate the problem with your mass killing instinct.

The accused who are between the ages of 56 and 25-years-old have stoned, stabbed, sjambokked  the young six victims at Jostabergvlaakte in a farm just outside Kraaifontein suspecting them  of having a hand in the murder of their homeboy who was a security guard and whose firearm was also stolen.

The incident had occurred on the 10 December 2014.

Elated investigating officer, D/Lt Col Bambelela  Ngxaki  said this was marathon case. He said his twins were two weeks old when he started and now they even have a brother.

I am so happy with the sentencing, though I have singlehandedly investigated the case, I wish to take off my hat to the Task Team who have instrumentally in the activation of 72hrs of arrest of the suspects.

The members include Capt Mzoxolo Livi, WO  Vuyolwethu Mbona and Sgt Lerato Hlomela.

Head of detectives in Kraaifontein was equally happy with the sentencing saying that the sentencing has come at right time when the vigilantism is beginning to rear its ugly head again in Kraainfontein.

Last we had three vigilante murder cases, so this sentence would a strong message.

Kraaifontein Station Commander,  Brig Gert van Niekerk  who was present in the court congratulated all those who worked tirelessly to ensure that justice was being served.

Photo taken by WO Ryan.

State Prosecutor Adv John Reyneveld and Investigating Officer a subsection Head of Serious Violent Crimes in Kraaifontein Lt Col Bambelela Ngxaki.
From left to right Brig Gert van Niekerk, D\Sgt Lerato Hlomela, Capt Mzoxolo Livi, Col Trevor Smit- Head of detectives in Kraainfontein and Lt Col Bambelela Ngxaki