Three suspects have been convicted and sentenced by the Parys High Court for the murder of a Zamdela taxi driver. The three suspects were each handed a different sentence with 30-year-old suspect, Karabo David Sefume, given 25 years, 18-year-old Itumeleng Victore Mofokeng 10 years and 18-year-old Mtimkulu 8 years.
The incident took place back on 21 August 2020 when the trio got into a taxi in Zamdela where they stabbed the taxi driver to death during the ride and later fled the scene on foot. The suspects were later arrested when two of them were apprehended at a local school they attended.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele said that during the trial it was discovered that the two pupils were on their way to school when Sefume, who was originally from Evaton, Gauteng province suggested that they hijack a taxi and sell it in order to have money. “After they got into the taxi, they demanded money from the driver and attempted to take the vehicle. Upon failing to get both the money and the vehicle, the suspects stabbed the driver to death,” said Makhele.