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The wheels of justice have finally turned for slain Cape Town police officer Sergeant Xoliza Mlindwa, after two men were each sentenced to 35 years in prison for his killing.
40 year-old Mxolisi Rhulumente and his co-accused, 32 year-old Annesly David Campher have each been sent to 20 years for killing Mlindwa, who was part of the Gugulethu Crime Prevention unit.
The 41 year-old’s body was discovered inside his car in June 2014, while he was off duty in Mfuleni.
“The lifeless body of the deceased cop was found by security officials with multiple gunshot wounds on the 30 June 2014 inside his vehicle. The security officials immediately alerted the local police who at the time managed to locate and secure some of his belongs at the crime scene. His official firearm was however missing”, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) said.
In a chain of grim events, Mlindwa was killed on the same day as Monwabisi Khaka and Sibongile Ngcawuzele, who were also police officers in Nyanga.
The Hawks have also welcomed the sentences and strongly condemned the killing of one of their own.
The matter was subsequently referred to the Serious Organised Crime Investigation who on 05 July 2014 conducted a search and seizure operation after they had received information on the whereabouts of the alleged killers.
The operation led to the recovery of the missing firearm with ammunition as well as another fully loaded fabricated 9 mm pistol. Three suspects were arrested and charged for murder, armed robbery and possession of firearm and ammunition.
“We remain resolute in our endeavours to fight crime and we will conduct round-the-clock investigations into all these incidents and bring those responsible to book,” then national police commissioner Riah Phiyega had said at the time.
Rhulumente and Campher were both found guilty on all three charges in the Blue Downs Magistrates Court on 26 May 2020. All charges were withdrawn against the third suspect.
They were both sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for murder, 10 years for armed robbery and five years for possession of a firearm and ammunition a week later. All these sentences are to run concurrently.