By Thys Khiba
Dimbaza – The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Regional Spokesperson, Anelisa Ngcakani confirmed an Eastern Cape mother has on Thursday been sentenced to 22 years behind bars for murdering her children.
This is after Busisiwe Labi suffocated her two sons in September last year; they were one and six years old.
“Labi lived at her home in Dimbaza with her children, her mother and her two siblings. She suffocated her two boys to death, one-year-old Othandwayo and six-year-old Amyoli while her mother and siblings were not present at home,” said Ngcakani.
Before the murder, Labi informed her older son she was going to kill him and his brother.
Amyoli (eldest son) pleaded for their lives but the woman prayed and suffocated the boys with plastic bags.
Labi was found guilty of the two murder charges on 22 July2021.
Ngcakani said the State prosecutor asked that the prescribed minimum sentence of life imprisonment be handed down.
Judge Belinda Hartle during sentencing quoted Labi’ssentiments that although she loved her children she didn’t want to be a mother.
After she murdered her children she phoned her 42-year-old sister and told her what she had done. Police found the bodies of the boys at home after the matter was reported.
“The presiding judge agreed that indeed the offences were horrific and that the crimes were planned. The judge, however, ruled that there were compelling circumstances present at the case for the court to deviate from the prescribed minimum sentence of life imprisonment.”
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