Two men sentenced to brutal killing of a man in Ekuvukeni -KZN
On 31 March 2022, the Ezakheni Regional Court sentenced Bongani Buthelezi aged 25 to life imprisonment for murder plus 15 years for robbery. The second accused, Simphiwe Carlos Mtshali aged 22 was sentenced to 22 years for murder and 12 years for robbery.
Their sentence came after the court heard how they brutally killed Mphumzeni Isaac Mbongwa (43). Both accused were also declared unfit to possess a firearm. Their sentences will not run concurrently.
On 29 June 2019 at 15:30, Mtshali was brought to Ekuvukeni SAPS by his grandmother after he shared information about how they killed a man along with his co-accused. Police and the accused proceeded to the identified house in Ekuvukeni where the body of Mbongwa was found in a pool of blood. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene.
During an investigation, it was found that the victim was also robbed of several appliances as well as a vehicle. The vehicle was later found set alight at Somsuku area in Ekuvukeni. The stolen property wa discovered at Buthelezi’s house and both accused were placed under arrest on charges of murder and house robbery. They were trialed in court and they made quite a lot of appearances before they were sentenced.