The National Prosecuting Authority is calling for a harsh sentence for convicted murderer, Fisokuhle Ntuli.
He was found guilty of killing six people including an African National Congress (ANC) ward councillor in 2016 by the Esikhaleni Regional Court, in northern KwaZulu-Natal.
Ntuli is also linked to ten other cases and is one of the accused in the Senzo Meyiwa murder.
He was supposed to have been sentenced on Tuesday, however, proceedings were postponed to December 9 at the request of the defence, for reports from a social worker and parole officer.
State Prosecutor Advocate Cyril Selepe says they had credible witnesses who risked their lives to give critical testimony.
“Some of the people who were killed in this matter were potential witnesses in this matter. The Zulu brothers, all of them had really, were willing to come forward to the police to give the information about the killing of Mr. Nyembe who was a ward councillor. The fourth deceased, I think Mr. Zungu, he too was a potential witness in the case. The police were looking for him based on the information that they had received that he got and this guy, the accused, realised that these people were about to make statements and he decided to kill them.”
Cele to visit areas affected by political killings
Meanwhile, Police Minister Bheki Cele is on Wednesday expected to visit the areas affected by politically motivated violence in the Pietermaritzburg area. This as the November 1 Local Government Elections draws closer.
At the weekend, Michael Shangase was fatally shot in Plessislaer in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal.
The Kwanyamazane resident was returning from an Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) campaign meeting in Dambuza in Herwood when he was killed.
Cele’s spokesperson Lirandzu Themba says police are investigating the motive for the killing.
“Minister Cele will receive a full report from the Task Team investigating political-related cases and will thereafter pay a comfort visit to the family of aspirant ward councillor killed in the Pietermaritzburg area,” says Themba.
Task team investigating political killings in KZN says it’s making some headway: