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2022/08/17      |  Written By:  Captain S Mhlongo   |   Province:  Kwazulu-Natal

KWAZULU-NATAL – On Tuesday, 16 August 2022 the Pietermaritzburg High Court convicted and sentenced Siyabulela Mbhele (24) to 22 years imprisonment for killing Sergeant Nokuthula Somani (55) who was brutally killed at Umzimkhulu in April this year.

Sergeant Somani was stationed at Umzimkhulu police station and she was off duty during the date of the incident. Somali was sitting in the lounge at her Umzimkhulu home when two suspects entered the house and shot her multiple times. The suspects fled on foot and she died at the scene.

A case of murder was reported at Ibisi police station and the case docket was allocated to the Hawks members for a thorough investigation. An intensive investigation led to the arrest of Mbhele in July and followed with Sergeant Somani’s sister, Bongeka Somani (42) who is still in custody.

Bongeka is expected to appear in the Umzimkhulu Magistrates' Court on 7 September 2022.