Gang members gets life imprisonment for murder

BLOEMSPRUIT - Four accused belonging to a gang were sentenced to life imprisonment for murder and robbery of two victims.

On Monday 29 August 2022, the Bloemfontein High Court, sentenced four accused Mpumelelo Isaac (25), Thabang Komane (26), Thabiso Komane (27) and Mahlomola Zapeze (30) for the crimes they committed.

It is alleged that in the early hours Monday 24 October 2016 the police received two complaints of murder near the local petrol garage at Phase 9, Bloemspruit area in Bloemfontein. Upon following up the information, the police made the gruesome discovery of two lifeless bodies that had been stabbed to death.

The first victim Daniel Mmokwa (32) was found dead at his front door, he had been stabbed on the neck and head. The second victim Lillo Sesing (35) was also stabbed several times. The victim’s belongings, such as phones and some clothes were taken by the suspects. Following thorough investigations and thanks to the quick police reaction, the suspects were traced and arrested.

The accused made several court appearences before they were convicted and sentenced. All accused each got life imprisonment for each murder of the deceased, and for attempted robbery with aggravating circumstance, each received 15 years and lastly five years imprisonment for being part of a gang. The sentence will run concurrently.

The harsh sentence and conviction is all thanks to the efforts and professionalism displayed during investigation and the presentation of evidence to the court of law by the investigating officers Detective Constables Sechaba Tsholo and Portia Maina.

The Station Commander of Bloemspruit Brigadier Dingiliswe Fothoane applauded the members for the sterling job in ensuring that the gathered all necessary information and evidence needed for the conviction.

Source: South African Police Service