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A KwaZulu-Natal man will now be spending his life behind bars for the murder of an off-duty police officer from the Estcourt Stock Theft Unit.
The Madadeni High Court convicted and sentenced Njabulo Mvelase for the murder and robbery of Sergeant Wanderboy Khumalo on 21 September 2021.
Police spokesperson Nqobile Gwala explains that in May 2019, off-duty Sergeant Khumalo was shot and killed by Mvelase and his accomplice. “They robbed him of his service pistol and his personal belongings.”
The accused then fled the scene with Sergeant Khumalo’s vehicle, later found abandoned in Weenen.
A murder case was reported at Estcourt police station and was allocated to the Pietermaritzburg Hawks. However, during the arrest, Captain Gwala explains, “In August 2019, Mvelase was arrested, and his accomplice was fatally wounded during the shoot-out with police.”
Furthermore, Mvelase has appeared in court several times until he was sentenced on Tuesday. His sentencing is as follows and will run concurrently.
- Life imprisonment for murder
- 20 years imprisonment for robbery
- 7 years imprisonment for pointing of a firearm
- 5 years’ imprisonment for possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
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