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KZN hitman convicted of 2016 ANC councillor’s murder to be sentenced on 9 December

The management of the South African Police Service (SAPS) has welcomed the conviction of Fisokuhle Ntuli in the Esikhaleni Regional Court on Monday for the 2016 murder of kwaNongoma, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), African National Congress (ANC) councillor Thami Goodwill Nyembe, among other murders.

SAPS spokesperson, Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said since 2016, Ntuli was on a reign of terror, killing six people and that his reign of terror was not only in the northern parts of KZN as he is also a person of interest in several other cases in Gauteng, many of which are murders, including that of Senzo Meyiwa

Ntuli and four other men, namely, Muzikawukhulelwa S’Tembe Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube and Mthokoziseni Ziphozonke Maphisa are expected in court on 25 October 2021 for their alleged involvement in the 2014 murder of Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Meyiwa.

Naidoo said Ntuli was on Monday convicted for the murders of Nyembe, Butiza Sandisa Mahlobo, Sphamandla Zungu and brothers  Phiwayinkosi Zulu, Mcebisi Zulu and Sibusiso Zulu.

Ntuli also shot and critically wounded Nolwazi Nyembe, councillor Nyembe’s wife, which resulted in the case of attempted murder, Naidoo added.

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“He was further convicted of four counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition where one of the firearms stolen was from a policeman in Ezibeleni in  Queenstown in 2011.

“At the sentencing hearing today [Tuesday, 19 October], the defence team requested that a pre-sentencing report from a parole officer and a social worker be presented to the court before sentencing is passed. The judge granted the request and Ntuli is expected to reappear in court on 9 Decemeber 2021 for sentencing,” Naidoo said.

Naidoo said following the 2016 shooting of the Nyembe couple in kwaNongoma, KZN, a multidisciplinary integrated  Political Task Team in the province, which was made up of senior public  prosecutors, SAPS detectives, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (Hawks), forensic experts and Crime Intelligence began investigating Ntuli.

“Following intensive  investigations by the team, Ntuli was linked to the other five murders.

“The outcome of this case is expected to send out a clear message to potential anarchists of the seriousness with which the criminal justice system deals with serious and violent crimes throughout the country,” Naidoo said.

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