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Former ANC councillor sentenced for killing other ANC politicians

by Thys Khiba
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By Thys Khiba – Former African National Congress (ANC) Ward Councilor, in the Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Local Municipality, Lucky Bethwell Mbuzi (47) has been sentenced to two life imprisonment terms for the murders of his political opponents in the lead to the previous local government elections.



The High Court of South Africa, Eastern Cape Division, sitting in Mbizana sentenced him to additional 21 years and ordered him to run concurrently with one life imprisonment term, for charges relating to illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

This comes after Mbuzi made some threats to the lives of two party members, not to take part in the political elections that were to be conducted that seek to remove or change him from his political position as a councillor.

On the evening of 10 March 2021, Hleliphi Mashusha Thotshewas shot and killed at her home in Mbangweni village, in the KwaJali area in the district of Mbizana.  

On the night of 16 April 2021, Mduduzi Madikizela was fatally attacked by two men inside his home at Tshamathe village, also in the KwaJali area.  

Police investigations led to the arrest of Mbuzi, along with two young men aged 23 and 29.  The firearms that were used to commit the two murders were recovered from Mbuzi and were ballistically linked to the offences,” said Eastern Cape NPA spokesperson Luxolo Tyali.


He pleaded not guilty but his two accomplices, who were later acquitted by the court, testified that they had been compelled by him to kill his rivals.

The 47-year- old did not want to be opposed to any of his political aspirations, and the deceased were active members of the ANC in their respective communities and had political ambitions.  

Provincial Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Barry Madolocommended Senior State Adv. Mduduzi Mzila, and the investigation officer for ensuring that Mbuzi is punished for his crimes.  

“Politically motivated killings are a threat to democracy, so bringing the perpetrators to book strengthens the free and fair political activities, allowing communities to elect candidates of their choice,” said Madolo.




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