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Life sentences for murder of Sterkstroom man

The three men who were convicted for the murder of Sibonelo Hermans in November 2019, received hefty sentences in the Sterkstroom Regional Court.

Two of the three accused were sentenced to life imprisonment and the other accused was sentenced to 10 years in prison. 

Siyabulela Tsholoba (44) and Sakhele Palie (38), who each received a life sentence, also received five years each for defeating the ends of justice. Their co-accused, Xoliswa Mabala (38), also received another five years for defeating the ends of justice.

Police spokesperson, captain Namhla Mdleleni, said Hermans had on 23 November, 2019 gone to buy cigarettes in Sterkstroom with a friend when they were accused of theft.

"The deceased was assaulted and stabbed to death while his friend managed to escape. After he was killed, his body was dumped near a river by the three accused,” Mdleleni said.

This week the trio was found guilty and sentenced accordingly. Their sentences will run concurrently.

Chris Hani District acting commissioner Brigadier Pumla Mavuka commended the work put into the investigation.

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