Byline: Thendo Funyufunyu

Saturday, 11 February 2023

Felisberto Joad Mohache and Tahir Mhenambe, both of Mozambican descent, were found guilty on Thursday, 09

February 2023, and received severe sentences from Evander Magistrate’s Court for their participation in several offenses.

The convicted individuals were related to a number of accusations, including three instances of murder, three counts of kidnapping, three counts of aggravated robbery, and three acts of thwarting the course of justice.

On 21 May 2018, Mr. Ziyane drove his car from his Evander home to Newcastle.

His family did not hear from him again until the next day, when they discovered his lifeless body discarded on the R50 road between Standerton and Leslie.

No sign of his car or possessions could be found.

The report claims that Mr. Ziyane was stabbed and strangled to death.

Separately, on June 11, 2018, Mr. Buthelezi of Extension 6 Standerton vanished without a trace.

On July 12, 2018, a decomposing body of his was discovered discarded alongside a road between Armesfoort and Perdekop.

His car went missing.

Mr. Mbatha of Sakhile outside of Standerton went missing on July 8, 2018. His body was discovered near to the road between Standerton and Perdekop with many stab wounds. His car was also missing.

A Task Team was formed by the SAPS Mpumalanga Provincial Commissioner to investigate those unexplained deaths.

At a short period of time, all three vehicles and four suspects were located in Piet Retief and Dagga kraal, respectively.

Two of the four suspects passed away while they were being held in custody.

The other two received sentences of three life terms for each of the three murders, 45 years in direct prison for each of the three aggravated robberies, 15 years in direct prison for each of the three kidnappings, and six years in direct prison for each of the three counts of subverting the course of justice.

The Task Team’s high caliber output was praised by Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela, Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga.

The General also thanked the Justice Department and the National Prosecution Authority for imposing such a penalty.