Tears flowed down the face of a mother as the Johannesburg High Court sentenced the men who murdered her only son to lengthy prison terms on Thursday.
Then Rosemarie Marks cried out to the judge, decrying the sentence meted out to the man convicted of helping the murderers to conceal their crime. "He is just as guilty as them, his fingerprints were found on the beer bottle," Marks shouted, before her husband restrained her.
Judge Goldstein had just sentenced Osmond Ndlovu and Mondli Dlamini to 23 years in jail each for pummelling their boss, Peter Marks, with their fists and beer bottles before throttling him with an electric cord in the Carlton Hotel's linen room in June 1997.
Petros Vilakazi, convicted of being an accessory to murder for helping the men to clean up the room and hide the body, was sentenced to four years in jail.