Tebogo Msimanga |
The High Court in Eastern Cape Division, Port Elizabeth sentenced Lunga Welkom (30) and Masixole Mbeki (30) to life imprisonment for the murder of 79-year-old Johnie William Marx in November 2019.
The two were further sentenced to five years for house breaking, 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances, three years for kidnapping, five years for fraud and one year for money laundering.
Eastern Cape NPA Regional spokesperson Anelisa Ngcakani said Marx ran a garden service from his residence in Jeffrey’s Bay. “During the afternoon of 11 November 2019, Welkom and Mbeki visited Marx’s house purporting to look for employment. Marx told them there were no vacancies. The two decided to return the following day at about 7am with the intention to break and enter Marx’s house.”
Ngcakani added that armed with pepper spray, Welkom and Mbeki went to Marx’s home and he opened the garage door from the inside. “They assaulted him with blunt objects and tied him up in a chair. Marx was then forced to disclose the PIN of his two ABSA bank cards which were in his wallet. They then ransacked his house and stole several items which included a cellphone and jewelry.”
Welkom and Mbeki then made cash withdrawals and payments with the two ABSA cards to the value of just over R22 000. The pair was arrested on 14 November 2019 by the Hawks.
Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Advocate Indra Goberdan said it is hoped the family will receive a sense of closure and a renewed strength to continue the fight against crime.