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gavel thumb100 SowetanLive reports that one of the four men accused of killing six mineworkers when they set the bus they were travelling in alight last year has been sentenced to 25 years' imprisonment for each count of murder.  

Kgaugelo Moime, 30, from Balotsaneng village in Sekhukhune district, Limpopo, pleaded guilty to 48 counts of attempted murder and six counts of murder.  He was sentenced to a further 10 years in jail for each count of attempted murder of the surviving mineworkers.  Moime's sentences will run concurrently.  The judge indicated that the court had decided to show mercy to Moime for cooperating with the state.  The other accused, namely Sipho Khumalo from Driekop, Philemon Makwana from Mohlake and Thabo Mokgala, will have their trial in April.  The state alleges that the accused acted with common purpose.  Reacting to Moime's sentencing, the wife one of the slain mineworkers said she was not pleased because it meant the self-confessed murderer was still going to come out of prison and enjoy his life.  Another widow said the sentence handed to Moime was too lenient.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Peter Ramothwala at SowetanLive

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