Killers deserve life: State

Crime & Courts

Former Rustenburg mayor Matthew Wolmarans and Enoch Mtshaba should be jailed for life for killing councillor Moss Phakoe, the Rustenburg High Court heard on Tuesday.

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796 16.07.2012 Former Rustenburg mayor Matthew Wolmarans(R) and his co �accused former bodyguard Enoch Matshaba(L), are found guilty of murdering former Rustenburg councilor Moss Phakoe at Mafikeng High court sitting in Rustenburg. Picture: Itumeleng English

State advocate Rapula Molefe said the minimum sentence for pre-meditated murder was life.

“The minimum sentence is life and if the court does not hand down a custodial sentence the public will not have confidence in the court.”

The attack on Phakoe was brutal and horrible. He was a whistle-blower and a law-abiding citizen, said Molefe.

The accused had not shown remorse, and there were no substantial circumstances to mitigate for a lesser sentence.

Wolmarans, through his lawyer, asked for a lenient sentence, stating that he did not pull the trigger.

Mtshaba told the court through his lawyer that he was diabetic and had a child to support.

Molefe called for the court to consider the fact that the murder was pre-meditated, “well calculated and planned”.

Judge Ronnie Hendricks was expected to hand down sentence later in the day. – Sapa

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