Cop jailed for colleague’s murder

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Johannesburg - A police constable was jailed for 24 years by the High Court in Johannesburg on Wednesday for killing a colleague, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate said.

The court - sitting in Palm Ridge on the East Rand - sentenced Constable Benson Lwayiphi Lufele to 18 years for murder and six years for attempted murder, said Ipid national spokesman Moses Dlamini.

“The sentence follows the accused's conviction by the same court in December 2013,” said Dlamini.

Lufele, 35, killed 48-year-old Captain Mthembeni Walter Sibisi, while they were both off duty, on August 19, 2012.

Lufele was driving his private vehicle along Enoch Sontonga street in Katlehong on the East Rand. Sibisi was driving with his son along the same street in his private vehicle at the time.

The two vehicles then collided at an intersection, which led to an argument between the policemen.

Both men were unaware that they were both policemen at the time, said Dlamini.

Lufele allegedly shot Sibisi in the leg and when Sibisi tried to take away Lufele's car keys, he fired multiple shots at Sibisi.

Sibisi died at the scene, said Dlamini.

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