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Johannesburg - A taxi driver hunted and shot dead a traffic officer and wounded two of his colleagues after his driving licence was confiscated.
In April last year, Bongomusa Sibiya, 33, opened fire on the traffic officers.
On Wednesday, Judge Mandla Mbongwe, of the Johannesburg High Court sitting in Palm Ridge, convicted Sibiya for the murder of Ravelino Chillion Solomons, 30, and for the attempted murder of Lwazi Caron Zondo and Patrick Nkgomotsang Kabe, all from the Gauteng traffic police.
Solomons had stopped Sibiya and confiscated his licence after declaring his vehicle unroadworthy.
Sibiya later accosted Solomons and his colleagues while they were on patrol at the intersection of Bruce Street and Empire Road, near Clarendon Place in Hillbrow - just metres from the police station.
Sibiya then opened fire at the officers and fled the scene. He was arrested shortly afterwards in a nearby flat.
During the trial, Sibiya claimed that Solomons had taken R650 from his car, handcuffed him, spat in his face and “threw” him in the police vehicle.
Sibiya added that Solomons’s colleagues had done nothing to stop him (Solomons) and that when he approached them about the money, they claimed they “saw nothing”.
Sibiya’s lawyer argued that another officer who inspected Sibiya’s vehicle had found that it was roadworthy and that his client had reacted out of emotional provocation.
Arguing in mitigation of sentencing, the lawyer said the purpose of sentencing was to deter and offer rehabilitation.
He said Sibiya was his family’s sole breadwinner and a first offender.
State prosecutor advocate Nerisha Naidoo said in aggravation of sentencing that the murder had been premeditated as Sibiya had “time to calm down, but had instead spent it brooding on how he was going to kill Solomons”.
She said Sibiya should be sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder charge and 10 years for each of the attempted murder charges.
Sentencing was postponed to August 30.