Man found in possession of his mother's head in the North West

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Pretoria men sentenced to life for murder and hijacking

A man was shot dead after he offered the two men, who were hitch-hiking, a lift in August 2020

Man found in possession of his mother's head in the North West

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The wheels of justice have finally turned for the family of a 59-year-old man who was murdered, more than four years after the incident. Amukelani Christopher Mboweni (25) and Andrew Chauke (24) have each been sentenced to life behind bars for killing Mamba Richard Nyoko.

The sentences were handed down at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday, 17 September 2020.

Mboweni and Chauke were each sentenced to additional 15 years for car hijacking, five years for unlawful possession of firearm and three years for unlawful possession of ammunition. 

It is believed that Nyoko was murdered between 20 and 21 August 2016.

“It was reported at that time that police were summoned to Dagga road outside Skeerpoort near Hartbeespoortdam where a motionless body of Mamba Richard Nyoko (59) was found in a ditch. Nyoko was certified dead by paramedics,” the South African Police Service (SAPS) said in a statement.

“A curriculum vitae of Nyoko’s neighbour which was found on the scene, led the police to his family in Damonsville, outside Brits,” spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone added.

How the suspects were caught

According to the SAPS, Nyoko’s car was later tracked and found in Villeria, in Pretoria, four days after his killing. A 35-year-old man who was behind the wheel, denied having any links to the crime and told authorities that the Nissan Tiida had been sold to him.

“…police were alerted and ultimately intercepted the vehicle of which the driver disclosed upon questioning that he bought the vehicle from another man. The latter eventually informed the police that the vehicle was delivered to him by the two accused who at that time resided at Brazzaville near Atteridgeville. The accused were afterwards pointed to the police and arrested,” Mokgwabone said.

It was later revealed during court proceedings that Chauke and Mboweni had been hitch-hiking in Brits when Nyoko offered them a lift in the evening. While on the road, they then pointed a firearm at him and ordered him to stop the vehicle.

“The victim was then forced to occupy a passenger seat at the back while one of the accused drove in the direction of Rietfontein. The victim was ultimately shot three times on the head and his body dumped in the ditch”

The North West’s police commissioner Lieutenant General Sello Kwena welcomed the sentencing and said that the police will pull all strides to ensure that perpetrators of crime languish in jail.