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gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that Mpumalanga community safety, security and liaison MEC Pat Ngomane on Monday said a life sentence imposed on a man who shot dead an on-duty traffic officer would serve as a deterrent to those who intimidated and assaulted traffic officers.  

The Pretoria High Court sitting in Delmas sentenced Lesotho national Alexander Mohoebi for the murder of traffic officer Bongani Nkumba in Standerton on 5 August 2016.  On that day Nkumba had observed a vehicle which had stopped in a non-stopping area and, on approaching the driver, requested him to produce his driving licence.  He informed the driver, Mohoebi, that he was going to issue him with a fine and also take him for alcohol testing.  Nkumba then asked the suspect to come with him to his vehicle so that he could write out a fine.  Mohoebi requested the traffic officer's permission to go to his vehicle to collect his phone.  Witnesses said that they then heard several gunshots and they saw Mohoebi running back to his Jeep and drive away at high speed.  Mohoebi was arrested at the Maseru border post.  Prosecutor Eric van der Merwe informed the court that, although Mohoebi had pleaded guilty to murder, he had not shown any remorse for his actions.

  • Read the full original of Ernest Mabuza‚Äôs report on this story at TimesLIVE

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