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2022/11/07      |  Written By:  Lieutenant Colonel M Seabi   |   Province:  Limpopo

POLOKWANE: 05 November 2022 - Four men are sentenced to life imprisonment by the Mahwelereng Regional court on Thursday 03 November 2022 for the murder of a 22-year-old man, Peter Keetsi in Mahwelereng.

The trial court found that the  accused, Khulekani Dube 24, Saviors Mbedzi 23, Vusi Ncube 21, and Agreement Tlou 24, had on 31 August 2019, met the victim at  about 00h30 and stabbed him several times. He was  walking from the local tavern in Pholar Park. The victim was taken to Mokopane hospital and he later succumbed to the injuries.

The Case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH) was initially opened but was later changed to murder after the victim succumbed to the injury in hospital. Detective Sergeant David Hlengane Matjeke attached to Mahwelereng Detectives was assigned  to investigate the case. The suspects, all from Zimbabwe were tracked down and arrested on a farm in Lephalale the following month. An additional charge of Contravention of the Immigration Act was added after it was revealed that the suspects were in the country illegally.

The four accused made several court appearances before being convicted and sentenced. All the accused each got life imprisonment for murder and two years’ imprisonment for Contravention of the Immigration Act or a fine of R5 000.00.

The Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has commended the investigating team for diligently executing their duties to bring about a successful conviction.

"The harsh sentences are all thanks to the efforts and professionalism displayed during the investigation and presentation of evidence before court by the investigating officer Detective Sergeant David Hlengane Matjeke, " Said Lieutenant General Hadebe.