gavel thumb100 News24 Wire reports that two security guards who murdered their employer have been sentenced to life imprisonment in the Ladysmith Regional Court.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Natasha Kara indicated on Wednesday that Philani Mbhele, 26, and Sanele Madide, 23, were each sentenced to life for the murder, 15 years for robbery and 15 years for obstructing the course of justice relating to the death of their employer, Dawood Warasally. In early June 2016, Warasally, the owner of a security company based in Ladysmith, was paying wages to his employees across northern KZN. Mbhele and Madide were stationed at a vacant hotel. Warasally had called them earlier in the day, saying that he would be coming through to pay them their wages. When Warasally arrived at the hotel, he was severely assaulted by the two men. They used a spear, bricks and rocks and he died on the scene due to severe brain damage and extensive skull fractures. Mbhele and Madide also set Warasally’s body alight to hide their crime. The two stole his vehicle, all the wages and his cellphone before fleeing the scene. Mbhele was arrested in Ladysmith the next day in possession of Warasally’s phone. Madide was caught a year-and-a-half later after he was arrested for another case in Nquthu. At least 70 employees lost their jobs as the security company had to be downsized.

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