After Judge Mahendra Chetty passed sentence, Brijlal’s husband, Anandram, was in tears as he hugged State advocate Khatika Essack, who assured him his former employee, Happiness Mkhize, 35, would be in jail for a long time.
Mkhize was regarded as the mastermind. She brought Doctor Vitus Mabhida, 41, and Sibongiseni Patric Gumbi, 31, to the Brijlal home pretending to enquire about a fridge that was for sale.
A fourth person, Mkhize’s cousin Pinky Nonkululeko Cele, 32, was acquitted last week after no evidence was found to suggest that she had committed the crimes.
The two men attacked Hemrani, 65, with a brick and strangled her. The judge said the killing appeared to be “only to leave no evidence behind”.