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Three Men Sentenced for Murder of Welkom Man

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Bloemfontein- The Bloemfontein high court has sentenced three men for Murder and Robbery of Welkom Man whose body was fished out of a water tunnel in 2018.

The accused, Mojalefa Tseki (30), Thanki Dickson Motseki (29) and Ernest Pule Chambisso (36) appeared before the Bloemfontein High Court on Friday 22 October 2021 where they were convicted and sentenced.

“Their sentences originates from an incident which took place on Monday 24 September 2018 where the deceased, Karl Reich was kidnapped from his residence in Welkom and robbed of his two vehicles. He was found murdered the following day on Tuesday 25 September 2018 under a bridge in a water tunnel in Pretoria. “said Captain Christopher Singo

“The matter was then handed over to Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation team based in Bloemfontein for further investigation culminating to the conviction of the accused.”

“The court sentenced the accused as follows

Motseki was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder and additional fifteen (15) years direct imprisonment for robbery with aggravated circumstances.”

“Both Tseki and Chambisso were sentenced to twenty five (25) years direct imprisonment for murder and additional twelve (12) years direct imprisonment robbery with aggravated circumstances. All the sentences will run concurrently.”


The Provincial Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation in Free State Major General Kubandran Moodley welcomed the sentence and commended the outstanding work by the investigator which led to the conviction of the accused.


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