Cop killers jailed for life
Two of the four men charged with the murders of two Nyanga police officers have been sentenced to life imprisonments. Melikhaya Molefe and Anele Liwani were also found guilty of being in possession of firearms and ammunition‚ and the theft of a firearm.Thando Mdokwana and Anele Thala were sentenced to five years for theft of a motor vehicle.Constable Monwabisi Kaka‚ 33‚ and Sergeant Sibongile Ngcawuzele‚ 37‚ were shot dead on 30 June 2014 while investigating a report of a stolen vehicle.Before the start of sentencing on Thursday (3 December 2015)‚ Phumza Kaka‚ who is related to Constable Kaka‚ asked permission from Judge Boet Smit to speak directly to the convicted killers.She said: “I can see that you are still young and good-looking individuals‚ but let me tell you‚ what you have done to me‚ my children and my entire family have caused so much hurt‚ distress and difficulties". But‚ she said‚ Christianity preached forgiveness. “I therefore forgive you.”Ncediwe Ngcawuzele‚ who is the sister of the late Sergeant Ngcawuzele‚ said her elder brother was the breadwinner at home for his eight children. His 19-year-old daughter‚ she said‚ was struggling at school since the murder.Acting Provincial Commissioner Major General Rene Fick said in a statement: ”Criminals who viciously murder police officials do not go unpunished. The harsh convictions meted out to police murderers sends a message to the community that those who dare take the lives of police officials will face hefty sentences. They will be removed from society as they are a threat to our Constitution‚ which protects the lives of everyone in South Africa‚ including police officials."We mourn the loss of our own‚ but will not be discouraged to arrest those involved in criminal activities. The motive behind the killing of police officials by the criminals is often to enable them to continue harassing society‚ and that will not be tolerated. We will not rest until those who take the lives of our colleagues and members of the public‚ are all behind bars."Police officials should be encouraged by the fact that their good investigations lead to such harsh sentences. The message to all police killers is clear –we will find you and arrest you and ensure that you are sentenced to jail for a very long time. This message is also aimed internally at those corrupt police officials involved in or aiding others to kill police officials - you kill a police official‚ you kill the nation."