The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has welcomed the recent life term imprisonment meted out by the Limpopo Division of the High Court in Polokwane against the killer of a well-known Phalaborwa medical doctor.
Doctor Basil Khoza, who was 63 at the time, was brutally killed in Phalaborwa CBD in 2016. He was walking from an ATM when two men came from behind and hit him with a hard object on the back side of his head. He then collapsed and died at the scene. The accused robbed him of cash amount of money and a wallet containing bank cards. His body was found lying in a pool of blood.
The incident was reported to the police and cases of murder and robbery were opened and a manhunt for the killers ensued.
The case was later transferred to the Provincial Investigations Unit and handed to Captain Mogale and Sergeant Kubayi for further investigations. The duo worked tirelessly and meticulously followed up on any information received until the two accused, Lazarus Mhlongo, 35 and Madala Rodney Nene, 33 were apprehended.
The court found Nene guilty of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder and 20 years for robbery. His co-accused died of natural causes before the conclusion of the case.
“These heavy sentences that were handed down against the accused should send a clear message that crime does not pay. We take this moment to commend our detectives for their meticulous investigations that ensured that the suspects were arrested, prosecuted and one of them, ultimately incarcerated for life,” said Lieutenant-General Hadebe.