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Murder suspects sentenced to life imprisonment

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner KwaZulu-Natal

Recently Mtunzini High Court convicted and sentenced three suspects for the murder of Nduduzo Ntuli (31). The sentence came after the court heard how the three men killed the deceased.

On 30 June 2020 at 20:00 the deceased arrived at his home in Maphumulo. As he was parking his minibus, he was approached by three men. The suspects wanted to take his taxi and he attempted to fight them off. They shot at him and he was declared dead on scene.

When Ntuli’s father heard the gunshots he went out to investigate and he managed to restrain one of the suspects whilst the other two fled.

A case of murder was reported and investigated by Maphumulo police. The detective who was allocated the docket worked around the clock to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book. Two days later the other two suspects were arrested at Hlahleni in Maphumulo.

Phumulani Mjaza (33), Musa Nelson Phahla (37) and Sabelo Enoc Mdletshe (38) were charged for murder, attempted carjacking and unlawful possession of a firearm. They made several appearances at court before they were sentenced.

Mjaza was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, 10 years for attempted carjacking and a further 10 years for unlawful possession of a firearm. His co-accused were each sentenced to life imprisonment for murder and a further 10 years for attempted carjacking.




Constable Thenjiswa Ngcobo

071 683 6525