The community of Ncotshane in Pongola near Ngwavuma, in KwaZulu-Natal, is hopping mad over a 15-year prison sentence handed down to police detective, Mxolisi Donda.
Donda shot Sifiso Sithole, popularly known as Jobe of Pongola in Ncotshane, during a row over parking. Sithole was shot with two bullets and died on the scene.
The magistrate who presided over the case slammed Donda for not having shown remorse since the beginning of the trial.
Sithole’s family and the community are, nonetheless, unhappy about the sentence given to him.
The deceased’s relatives were overcome with grief after the sentence was handed down and were unable to elaborate on their feelings.
Community members on the other hand warned that the leniency shown towards Donda could lead them to take the law into their own hands.
Gebhu Ntuli from Ncotshane was with Sithole when he was murdered.
Ntuli says his friend was killed for nothing.
He has refuted claims that Donda and Sithole had engaged in a scuffle, which led the police officer to use his gun.
Ntuli says he doesn’t understand how some people convicted of lesser crimes than that of murder are sentenced to life in prison, while Donda gets away with a slap in the wrist. – Report by Maputaland Radio News reporter, Archurah Beula.