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Slain retired Major General's wife sentenced to life imprisonment

Media Statement
Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks)

GAUTENG – Cordelia Velaphi Mogoerane (60) has been sentenced to life following a lengthy trial in the Johannesburg South High Court for conspiracy and murder of a retired Major General Thekiso Hendrik Mogoerane. 

The Hawks’ investigation was kick-started shortly following the gruesome discovery of the body of the deceased on 17 January 2018 in the early hours. He was found on the back seat of his Hyundai Accent, which was abandoned next to the P91 road in Birchleigh, Kempton Park.

The unrelenting investigation by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime led to the arrest of the deceased’s wife, a former Lieutenant Colonel, Cordelia Velaphi Mogoerane and her son.

The other accused in the case were, Eunice Dlamini (73) who is a traditional healer, Michael Sanele Mphuthi (38), Thulani Perseverance Nxumalo (36), Mzweshinga Zondo (51), Thokozani Zondo (47) Musa Morris Mayisela (48) and Bongiwe Lukhele (49). Mayisela and Lukhele are now deceased. Ultimately the court has today, 10 February 2023, sentenced the wife and acquitted the others.


Captain Lloyd Ramovha
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