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A year later, and with three suspects in custody, a 33-year-old Sibongiseni Emmanuel Madondo has been arrested for his role in the murders of Glen and Vida Rafferty.
Looking back, the Rafferty’s deaths left the Newcastle community in a state of shock when the couple was slain at their home in Normandien on 29 August 2021. Attacked by a group of men, the couple were shot dead along with their dog.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker explains, “During the arrest on Monday, 9 August 2021, the suspect was found in possession of a pistol with 32 rounds of ammunition.” Following the arrest, Naicker says that Masondo appeared in the Madadeni Magistrates Court on 10 August 2021 and was remanded in custody.
Following this, Madondo appeared in the Newcastle Magistrates Court on 23 August 2021 and was once again remanded in custody until Monday, 30 August 2021.
Brigadier Naicker highlights, “He will now join his co-accused Siyabonga Macu and Doctor Fikani Ngwenya, who are still in custody. They were arrested in October 2020 and the case against them was remanded to 17 January 2022.”
In March this year, one of the accused, Sizwe Zwane, pleaded guilty in the Pietermaritzburg High Court and was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for both murders and robbery. “Detectives from the Provincial Organised Crime Unit arrested Zwane on 14 February 2021. He was the third person to be arrested in connection with the farm murders,” clarifies Brigadier Naicker.
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