The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has welcomed a 15-year jail sentence handed to a man who killed his employer after a salary dispute.
When he was arrested after the murder of Xolisa Makima, 49, police seized a phone belonging to Zuko Mdingi, 28. On it were records of a conversation Mdingi had with a sangoma on WhatsApp.
Mdingi disclosed in the messages that he had killed a person and asked the sangoma to help him evade arrest.
The Tsomo regional court in the Eastern Cape sentenced Mdingi to 15 years for murder, 10 years on a charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances and five years for theft. The court ordered all the sentences to run concurrently with the murder sentence.
Although Mdingi initially pleaded not guilty, he changed his plea to guilty after being confronted with overwhelming and incriminating evidence by prosecutor Ayanda Nkumanda.