A man who killed a farmer sentenced to life in prison

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Limpopo Division of the High Court in Polokwane on Wednesday 19 April 2023 sentenced Lazarus Justice Mohapi (28) to two life sentences and a combined 48 years imprisonment for the murder of a Bela-Bela farmer and his employee in 2019.

Mohapi was found guilty of two counts of murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery with aggravating circumstances, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and contravention of the Immigration Act.

Limpopo Police spokesperson Colonel Malesela Ledwaba said during the trial the court heard how Mohapi on 17 August 2019 attacked Mr Simon Malebane when he entered his farm in  Radium under Bela-Bela policing area, brutally assaulted and killed him. The accused also assaulted and killed an employee on the farm, Daniel Leburu().

Malesela added that an Intelligence driven operation comprising the Crime Intelligence and Detectives in Bela-Bela was activated to track down the suspect. “Mohapi was arrested three days after the incident”.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has welcomed the hefty sentence. “This sentence should send a clear message to other criminals that police will always be relentless when pursuing perpetrators of gruesome crimes and make sure they face full might of the law”.

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