A man gets life sentence for rape, murder


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BY REGINALD KANYANE

A 29-YEAR-OLD man was sentenced to life in prison and received another 59 years. Paul Madlazi appeared in Zeerust Regional Court on Wednesday.

North West police spokesperson, Col Sabata Mokgwabone said Mandlazi committed crimes ranging from house robbery, rape, attempted murder, theft of motor vehicle, robbery with firearm to burglary residential.

“The court indicated that Mandlazi shall effectively serve a term of life imprisonment plus 25 years. The accused was also declared unfit to possess firearm in terms of Section 103(g) of the Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act No. 60 Of 2000).

“Mandlazi was arrested after he committed crimes at Vaalkop and Schietkraal farms near Zeerust between July and November 2013. At the time of conviction, he was already serving a cumulative sentence of 38 years and life imprisonment,” Mokgwabone said.

“Mandlazi was already serving a life sentence after he was found guilty by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. He was jailed for various crimes including murder, robbery aggravating, attempted murder and illegal possession of firearm,” he said.

The offences were committed between March and June 2014 at farms in and around Brits.

The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane welcomed the sentence and commended all members who worked tirelessly to ensure that the offender languish in jail. She said that the police will continue to put those who commit crime behind bars.

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