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Three life sentences for cop who killed wife and brothers after being called “boy”

Police officer Sizwe Cedric Khoza in court. Image: SUPPLIED

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Three life sentences for cop who killed wife and brothers after being called “boy”

A former police officer who felt humiliated after being called a “boy” during a family gathering to discuss a dispute with his wife was sentenced to three life terms for murdering his wife and her two siblings in a rage-filled shooting in response to the name-calling.

Judge Vincent Takalani Ratshibvumo handed down the sentence at the Mpumalanga High Court on Tuesday, saying Sizwe Cedric Khoza’s killing of his wife and siblings demonstrated that he was a nasty person and a shame to the SAPS.

“Instead of making the cops proud, you discouraged them from working with you. “The way you committed these crimes… you demonstrated a high level of cruelty,” Ratshibvumo stated.

He also ruled that Khoza not be eligible for parole until he has completed 25 years of his three life sentences, which will run concurrently.

“Instead of making the cops proud, you discouraged them from working with you. “The way you committed these crimes… you demonstrated a high level of cruelty,” Ratshibvumo stated.

He also ruled that Khoza not be eligible for parole until he has completed 25 years of his three life sentences, which will run concurrently.

Khoza fatally murdered his wife Nomthandazo Mnisi, her sister Colisile Mnisi, 32, and their brother Dennis Mkhatshwa, 42, on April 30 last year in Masoyi during a family meeting intended to discuss the couple’s marital troubles.

During the meeting, there was an argument in which Dennis called Khoza a small boy. That enraged Khoza, who walked to his bedroom, got up his service handgun, and returned to the sitting room “to show them what a small boy is capable of”.

He then fatally shot the three siblings. Both sisters were nurses.

Ratshibvumo addressed Khoza during the sentencing, saying, “You failed to ask for divorce after many disagreements [with your wife], which led to you being an accused at some point.”

“After reviewing all of the testimony, the court finds no reason to deviate from the prescribed sentence for the crimes committed.” As a result, the court finds you guilty on counts one, two, and three.

“Because a person has only one life, you must serve 25 years on the first crime, and the two life sentences will run simultaneously with the first. I hope it is easy for you to tell your two children… that you killed their mother while she was on her knees begging for her life,” Ratshibvumo stated.

Mandla Mnisi, the victims’ cousin, said the family was pleased with the verdict. “Even though our loved ones will not return to life, we are joyful as a family. “This man is evil… he does not deserve to come back and live outside,” Mandla stated.

Monica Nyuswa, spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority, stated that they were delighted with the conclusion of the case. “We are happy as the NPA, the judge gave the perpetrator the prescribed sentence and that will serve as a deterrent for other people who want to break the law,” Nyuswa said.

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