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2021/09/13      |  Written By:  Captain N Gwala   |   Province:  Kwazulu-Natal

DURBAN: 10 September 2021 –Yesterday, the Pietermaritzburg High Court sentenced Lungani Maphumulo (26) to five terms of life imprisonment for the crimes that he had committed. This follows a killing spree during the year 2018, in places such as Ngcongangconga, Wewe, Nambithani, Chibini and other areas under the Nsuze policing precinct.

Between July and October 2018 the accused killed Nqaba Shwabede (36), Ndumiso Gabriel Mnyaka (34), Mzokuthola Nhlanhla Ngcobo (31), Sphephelo Ngcobo (27) and Zinhle Vilakazi (21) who was three months pregnant. The victims were fatally shot at their homestead. Maphumulo was also sentenced to 116 years imprisonment for burglary, robbery, attempted murders, unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition as well as discharging of firearm in a public place. The sentences will run concurrently.

The detectives who worked on the case worked admirably in compiling all the evidence that led to the successful sentencing of Maphumulo who had been troubling the community of Nsuze and surrounding areas.