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Eastern Cape cop killer gets 15 years in prison

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Sergeant Mzuvukile Siphendu was gunned down in 2022. File Photo: SAPS

Published Aug 29, 2023


A convicted murderer has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in the Ntabankulu High Court in the Eastern Cape.

Mkhanyisi Gcwabe, 46, was found guilty of the murder of Sergeant Mzuvukile Siphendu, 40, at a tavern in Ntsundu on July 19, 2022.

Sergeant Siphendu was attached to the Tabase police station in Mount Fletcher.

The provincial spokesperson for the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks), Warrant Officer Ndiphiwe Mhlakuvana, said the murder was investigated by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation team based in Mthatha.

"The investigation revealed that Gcwabe had a dispute with the police sergeant where Gcwabe pulled out his firearm and fatally shot the official.

"On July 21, 2022, Gcwabe was arrested by the Mthatha-based Hawks' Serious Organised Crime Investigation. He was remanded in police custody for the duration of his trial after his bail application was successfully opposed," Mhlakuvana said.

After numerous court appearances, he was convicted.

Gcwabe was sentenced to 15 years direct imprisonment with no option of a fine.

Head of the Hawks in the Eastern Cape, Major General Obed Ngwenya, lauded the investigation team for a sterling job that led to the conviction and sentencing of the murderer.

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