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Durban - Three men in their early twenties have pleaded guilty to attacking and robbing an 84-year-old woman at her Scottsville home, twice within a week.
Sanele Professor Mazibuko, 24, Wiseman Duma, 22, and Delani Maphanga, 22, pleaded guilty at the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court on Friday.
The woman, who requested anonymity, was confronted by three men at her home on July 27 at around midday after they forced open the kitchen door, shoved her around and stole R4 000 in cash, before fleeing.
She reported the incident to the police. Her attackers returned on July 31 and assaulted her as she worked in her garden. The men forced her back into the house and tied her to a chair, after which they ransacked the house.
A short while later, the victim’s 54-year-old neighbour arrived to visit. She was also attacked.
The assailants then left with various household items.
About half an hour after the attack on July 31, they were arrested with the help of one of the K9 unit’s dogs.
Mazibuko and Duma were both sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment while Maphanga received a 10-year sentence.