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Sabatha Mbatha And Sabelo Khuzwayo To Spend The Rest Of Their Lives Behind Bars, See Reasons.

TWo hit men which shot dead a taxi driver in Umzinyathi, Inanda, have been sentenced to 30 years in prison each.

Sabatha Mbatha (30) and Sabelo Khuzwayo (24) were sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday by the Durban High Court for killing taxi driver Musawenkosi Mnyandu (60).

They were each sentenced to 25 years each for possession of illegal firearms and five years for possession of illegal firearms.

It is alleged that the deceased had gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen in the incident that took place on December 18, 2019 morning on the streets of Joe Slovo (Field) and Leopold in central Durban.

The two were allegedly handcuffed by police and shot at as they tried to flee the scene.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokeswoman Colonel Thembeka Mbele said a taxi driver was also injured when a bullet was fired at Mnyandu.

He said the police unit, which was investigating cases involving taxi violence, had opened a case of murder and attempted murder, which it was investigating.

“At the scene it was discovered that the deceased was a taxi driver on the Umzinyathi route, Inanda. The men were arrested with firearms as they tried to flee the scene, ”said Col Mbele.

The two have been in and out of court for a number of years since they were acquitted.

Col Mbele said Umzinyathi, Inanda, had been hit by taxi violence.

He said the police were busy investigating the causes of the violence, and called on the community to assist them by providing information that would assist in the arrest of the people involved.

Col Mbele said he hoped the sentence handed down to the suspects by the court would ease the wounds of the Mnyandu family

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