DURBAN – On Thursday 08 September 2022, the Scottburgh High Court sentenced a 48-year-old man for the murder of five men at two taverns in the Mankuntshane and Lamont areas of Margate.

On 01 April 2018, one victim was shot dead and two other men sustained gunshot wounds when two men entered a tavern and began shooting. The suspects then fled the scene immediately after the shooting. On 16 April 2018, two men entered a tavern and shot four people after forcing them to lie on the floor. They were robbed before the suspects fled the scene.

Charges of murder, attempted murder and robbery were opened at the Margate police station for investigation. An intensive investigation led to the arrest of the two suspects. Sanele Nhlumayo (20) pleaded guilty to robbery and was sentenced to twelve years imprisonment in 2019 at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court.

The second accused, Thulani “Ndende” Nhlumayo was found guilty and sentenced on 08 September 2022 to five life sentences for murder, fifteen years imprisonment for robbery, twelve years imprisonment for unlawful possession of a firearm, ten years imprisonment for two counts of attempted murder and three years’ imprisonment for unlawful possession of ammunition.

Source: South African Police Service