By Kaya 959 Reporter
A Gauteng father has been sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for his daughter’s death in 2017.
Musi Hlatshwayo was charged with murder after investigations revealed that he cut off his 3-year-old daughter’s head. He threw her head into a stream and dumped her body on a tree branch in Vosloorus.
On 24 January, Siphesihle Ndlovu’s grandmother left her with Hlatshwayo so he could take her to school. He then murdered her.
Gauteng police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo, said a missing person’s report was filed with police.
“The search was launched and the body was recovered after five days in an open veld. The police traced and arrested the father,” he said.
Hlatshwayo was sentenced on Wednesday in the South Gauteng High Court.
Gauteng SAPS Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela welcomed the court’s ruling.
“We congratulate the detective for the hard work and thorough investigation that led to the successful conviction of the accused. The fight against crime committed to women and children remains on top of the Gauteng Police’s list of priorities. We are pleased with this successful conviction and believe it will send a strong message to those who abuse children,” he said.
Hijacker sentenced to 40 years
In a separate matter, Tebogo Kgolokholo was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for a crime he committed three years ago.
Police spokesperson, Captain Xoli Mbele, said in October 2018, Kholo Kholo was one of three people who hijacked a vehicle and kidnapped a couple in Riverlea.
He said the couple had been parked off when the men accosted them.
Mbele said they forced her boyfriend to get inside the car and she was also instructed to sit in the back seat.
“They drove off and they put them into another vehicle. At around 23:00, Dobsonville Crime Prevention saw a suspicious vehicle, a Toyota Corolla and they tried to stop it. They accelerated and shot at the police,” he said.
Officers retaliated and the men rammed their vehicle into an electrical pole.
Two of the men alighted from the vehicle and fled.
Mbele said one suspect was shot in his thigh and taken to hospital by an ambulance under police guard.
“The victims were rescued without any injuries. The vehicle VW Polo was recovered at Mapetla in Soweto. The conviction is a result of a diligent work done by Detective Sergeant Zandile Magugu,” Mbele said