Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has secured a 30 years conviction in KZN against a Warrant officer.
The Warrant officer, Isaac Bhayo Dlamini stationed at Esikhawini SAPS was found guilty of two counts of Murder at the Ngwelezane regional court.
He was subsequently, declared unfit to possess a firearm and sentenced to fifteen years imprisonment on each count of murder.
BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that the sentences will run separately. As such, the Warrant officer will be serving thirty years imprisonment.
Relating the incident that led to the conviction, IPID narrated that one Smangele Mthembu was asleep with her twin daughters and grandchildren in Mahunu reserve Port Dunford Esikhawini area but was suddenly disturbed by a vehicle entering the premises at high speed followed by gunshots.
“They peeped through the window and they realized two policemen who arrived in a marked police vehicle and they started firing shots at the other one that led to the death of Constable N M Mwandla at the scene.
Smangele shouted from the house, Warrant officer Isaac Bhayo Dlamini realized someone saw him; he then went to the house and kicked the door open fired a shot in the house fatally wounding one of Smangele’s daughters by the name of Nonhlanhla Mthembu. While shooting his gun experienced a stoppage and he could not continue.
He then fled the scene misleading the police alleging that he was in Mozambique. He was tracked through the tracker and arrested. He later resigned from the Police after he was denied bail. (SIC)”
Not long ago, IPID also secured a two life sentences for a case of murder by a 38-year-old Constable from Benoni flying squad.
The Constable was found guilty on two counts of murder in the Palm Springs High Court and later, sentenced to two life sentences.
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It happened that the Constable, Mandla Philemon Mokoena visited his romantic partner, Khanyi Mathebula and found her with her new boyfriend, Gethron Ndlovu.
He shot them and they both died at the scene.