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2023/08/30      |  Written By:  Warrant Officer Z Hani   |   Province:  Western Cape

WESTERN CAPE – The Western Cape High Court yesterday, 29 August 2023 convicted and sentenced Luyanda Fuzile  (38) to 25 years imprisonment for the murder of Sergeant Molema who was stationed at Table View SAPS. 

Fuzile, was sentenced as follows after entering into a Section 105A plea agreement in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act, Act 51 of 1977 with the State.

Count 1- Robbery with aggravating circumstances:  15 years imprisonment

Count 2- Kidnapping:5 years imprisonment

Count 3- Murder: 25 years imprisonment.

Count 4- Attempted Murder: 5 years imprisonment

Count 5- Possession of  unlicensed firearm: 15 years imprisonment

Count 6- Possession of ammunition: 2 years imprisonment

In terms of Section 280(2) of act 51 of 1977, the sentences imposed on count 1,2,4,5 and 6 are ordered to run concurrently with the sentenced imposed on count 3 and the accused is sentenced to an effective 25 years imprisonment.

The other three accused are still in custody and they will appear for trial on 20 October 2023.

Sgt Molema was shot and killed on the 26 November 2021. It was reported that members of Table View SAPS responded to a complaint of a business robbery in progress at GR Spices, Williams road, in Killarney Gardens. When the members arrived at the crime scene, they were confronted by four to six armed suspects. The suspects opened fire at the members.

During the exchange of fire, two SAPS members were injured. Sgt Molema sustained serious head injuries and passed away in hospital soon after arrival at Milnerton Mediclinic.  The suspects robbed the firearms of the two injured members, however both the firearms were recovered on the crime scene.

Four (4) suspects were arrested. Two (2) of the  suspects sustained gunshot wound injuries and were taken to hospital under SAPS guard at Groote Schuur and Somerset hospitals respectively.

The Western Cape  Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation Provincial Head, Major General Mathipa Makgato welcomed the sentence and commended the members for the excellent work and presenting a well investigated docket before court.