April 26, 2017

Man gets 11 years for robbery, attempted murder

The man once accused on involvement in the murder of the wife of alleged genital mutilator Peter Frederiksen was on Thursday last week slapped with an effective 11 year jail sentence by the Free State High Court for armed robbery and attempted murder. The two cases are not related to the case of Frederiksen’s wife and were committed between July and August 2012. Motlatsi David Moqeti, a Lesotho national, was initially facing four charges, of which three were for armed robbery with aggravating circumstances and one for murder. He was acquitted on the first two charges of armed robbery with…

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Multiple life sentences for muti murderers

Two men have received multiple life sentences in the Pietermartizburg High Court after they were convicted of committing murder so they could use body parts for “medicine”. Thandowakhe Duma, 22, was sentenced to one life term and another 30 years imprisonment, while Elias Sihle Mchunu, 42, received two life terms and another 45 years on Wednesday last week. “The accused in this matter wanted human body parts for medicine and therefore conspired to kill people in order to attain their goal,” National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Natasha Kara said. Police detectives found the headless remains of Nawaaz Khan, who had…

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Cancer biggest cause of claims, says Liberty

Leading insurance company Liberty says the biggest cause of claims in the Free State over the past year was cancer, which made up about 24 percent of the applications received. An increase in musculoskeletal diseases and disorders was also recorded. These diseases and disorders refer to injuries or pain of the joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons, and structures that support limbs, neck and back. The highest cause of claims in the Northern Cape was cardiovascular conditions while the most regrettable cause for claims was suicides among farmers older than 55 years of age. Speaking at a breakfast presentation for Liberty’s…

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