BREAKING: Nyoni farm murder accused sentenced

Sibusiso Sabelo Zulu (24), Thandiwe Cele (52) and Nana Madikane (44) had their fates decided by Judge Masipa this morning in the Mtunzini High Court - PHOTO: Orrin Singh

THE three accused involved in the robbery and murder of Peter Johnson (56) on a farm in Nyoni in 2015, were handed down sentences this morning at the Mtunzini High Court.

Thandiwe Cele (52) and Nana Madikane (44), who are said to have been the masterminds behind the crime, were last week convicted of robbery, while Sibusiso Sabelo Zulu (24) was convicted of murder, attempted murder and robbery with aggravated circumstances.

Judge Busisiwe Masipa sentenced Cele to four years imprisonment and Madikane to six years imprisonment for robbery.

Judge Masipa ruled that the sentences for both Cele and Madikane would take effect from the time they were arrested and incarcerated in 2015.

Zulu was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Johnson.

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He also received 15 years for robbery and 12 years for attempted murder. All the sentences will run concurrently.

Johnson died in a hail of bullets while his brother Ian (54) was shot in the face and leg during an armed robbery on their farm on 2 June, 2015.

Investigating officers, Lieutenant Colonel Bruwer and her partner Constable Naicker from the KwaDukuza SAPS, worked quickly and obtained information via informants about the suspects.

All three accused were arrested a few days after the incident.

Full interviews with members of the family will be published in the Zululand Observer on Monday.

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