An illegal miner sentenced for murder

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Stilfontein Magistrates’ Court in North West Province sentenced Tjabaka Ramarou (21) to 18 years for murder, attempted murder and contravention of the Immigration Act.

It was reported at the time of the incident that Ramarou who was operating as one of the illegal miners commonly known as zama zamas, went to a mine in Stilfontein on Sunday, 19 April 2020. He found other illegal miners busy cleaning products that they sourced from underground.

Colonel Amanda Funani of North West Police said Ramarou and his companion were armed with firearms, ordered two other Zama-Zamas to leave their products. “When the two victims failed to obey their instruction, Ramarou and his friend took out firearms and shot the pair.”

Funani added that Likhama Matela (33) died on the scene while his friend Reekeditswe Swartbooi (33) escaped with injuries and was taken to the hospital for medical attention.

Police were called and a case of murder and attempted murder were opened. “The accused and his accomplice fled to Lesotho. However, the long arm of the law caught up with Ramarou seven months later after information was received that he is back in the country. He was denied bail and has been in custody since his arrest.”

The Provincial Police Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena, congratulated the Provincial Anti-Gang Unit for securing this sentence.

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