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Limpopo premier criticises courts at Maluleke funeral for lenient sentences

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Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha has criticised the courts for handing lenient murder sentences to criminals at the funeral of slain mayor Moses Maluleke. The Premier made these remarks at the funeral of the Collins Chabane Municipality mayor on Tuesday. ALSO READ: MURDERED Mayor Maluleke described as ‘exemplary, disciplined’ leader COURTS MUST DO THE RIGHT THING…

COURTS MUST DO THE RIGHT THING AS POLICE HAVE DONE THEIR JOB

Mathabatha praised the police in the province for their swift response as two suspects remain in police custody.

Three people were arrested for allegedly being behind the murder of Maluleke. According to the National Prosecuting Authority in Limpopo, the third suspect was released after investigations could not positively link him to the crime.

However, Shumani Nemadodzi, 47, and Avhatakali Mulaudzi, 42, remain in jail after appearing at the Malamulele Magistrate’s Court on Monday. The two face charges of murder.

Mathabatha said the police in Limpopo responded swiftly to bring the perpetrators to book. But it was up to the courts to ensure the correct sentence is imposed for Maluleke’s murder.

Mayor Moses Maluleke is laid to rest on Tuesday after he was gunned down in his home last month. PHOTO: Facebook/ANCLimpopo

“I was with the Minister of Justice [Ronald Lamola]… our police are doing a very good job, more especially in this area. We have a problem with these criminals getting very light sentences. Something has to be done about this.”Stan Mathabatha

“We also urge the judges to ensure that the perpetrators get the maximum sentence. No one who has participated in this should evade trial or be free,” said Mathabatha.

ALSO READ: Three arrested for murder of Collins Chabane Municipality Mayor

MOTIVE OF THE MURDER STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION

There have been speculations that the murder was not just a robbery but could be linked to Maluleke’s political position.

But Deputy Minister of Police Cassel Mathale told the SABC at the funeral that the motive is still under investigation.

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“We can’t say this is the reason why [he was killed]. We are investigating why he was killed, who did it and why they did it. Police are certain that in the end we will know the perpetrators and the reason behind this.”

Moses Maluleke was gunned down in his home last month during a robbery gone wrong. PHOTO: Facebook/Collins Chabane Local Municipality

Maluleke was gunned down when armed entered his home in Shikundu village two weeks ago. Police state that the intruders shot the mayor and his 18-year-old son when they refused to listen to their instructions. His son was taken to hospital and is still recovering from the gunshot wound.

ALSO READ: Limpopo Mayor BRUTALLY gunned down in his house, son injured

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