Polokwane - Thirteen members of a vigilante group convicted of murder and contravening the Riotous Assemblies Act have been sentenced by the Polokwane High Court.
The group, known as Boko Haram, had been terrorising communities of Dan and Lusaka villages, both just outside Tzaneen as well surrounding areas.
The group on Monday received sentences ranging from 6 years to 10 years for various crimes.
Sipho Shabangu, 32, was sentenced to an effective 10 years imprisonment without the option of a fine for the murder of 27-year-old Joel Nkgapele, who he hacked to death with an axe near a tavern in February 2017.
Shabangu's fellow mates each received 6-year imprisonment without the option of a fine for contravening the Rioters Assemblies Act.
Welcoming the sentences handed down was Limpopo police commissioner Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, who hailed the excellent performance by the provincial detectives and the crime intelligence unit.
"We hope that these jail terms will serve as a deterrent to those who are still perpetrating this type of heinous acts", Ledwaba said.