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Palesa Madiba murder case: What it takes to find a killer

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Saturday 6 March 2021 - 12:00pm
What did it take to crack the Palesa Madiba cold case? The officer behind the successful conviction says it was patience and discipline. #DStv403
JOHANNESBURG - What did it take to crack the Palesa Madiba case? The officer behind the successful conviction says it was patience and discipline.
After almost eight years, the UJ student's murderer was sentenced to 31-years behind bars.
Captain Amos Maneta started investigating the Palesa Madiba case almost three years after her disappearance.
The case was one of the high-profile cold cases in South Africa - and Madiba's family had even given up hope.

Government welcomes harsh sentences for GBV perpetrators as Palesa Madiba's killer gets 31 years

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Government welcomes harsh sentences for GBV perpetrators as Palesa Madiba’s killer gets 31 years
By Sameer Naik
Government has welcomed the heavy jail sentences handed out to perpetrators of gender-based violence (GBV).
This comes after convicted murderer Dumisani Mkhwanazi was yesterday sentenced by the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg to 31 years in jail for the murder of his niece Palesa Madiba.
Earlier this year, Mkhwanazi was found guilty of killing the University of Johannesburg student on August 12, 2013, after Madiba was last seen at her friend's home in Phiri, Soweto.
The young woman's remains were found buried in a shallow grave at the Mkhwanazi home in 2015.

Palesa Madiba's killer: the courts are pleasing the media!

DUMISANI Mkhwanazi, who has been handed a hefty sentence of 31 years, has accused the court of pleasing the media and family of the deceased.

Palesa Madiba's killer sentenced to 31 years behind bars

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The Johannesburg High Court sentenced Dumisani Mkhwanazi to 20-years for murder, three for theft, eight for defeating the ends of justice and more for further charges amounting to a total of 43-years in jail.

UJ student Palesa Madiba's murderer sentenced to effective 31-year jail term

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Mkhwanazi, 38, was also found guilty of theft, defeating the administration of justice, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.
The prosecution had asked for Mkhwanazi to be sentenced to life imprisonment because of aggravating circumstances. These included Mkhwanazi’s display of arrogance when he accused the justice system of singling him out and sacrificing him to please media houses and Madiba’s family.
The prosecution said Mkhwanazi had shown a breach of trust with Madiba because he was seen by the victim as an uncle.
The prosecution said the victim impact report presented before the court on Friday showed the immeasurable pain the family had suffered.

'He's shown no remorse,' Palesa Madiba's mother says of killer

Palesa Madiba’s murder trial is nearing the end more than seven years after she was killed as Dumisani Mkhwanazi, the man convicted is set to be sentenced in the South Gauteng High Court

WATCH: Palesa Madiba's killer sentenced to 43 years in jail!

DUMISANI Mkhwanazi has been sentenced to 31 years in prison. This following the five charges he was found guilty of last December.

Palesa Madiba killer sentenced to 31 years behind bars

The High Court in Johannesburg has handed convicted murderer Dumisani Mkhwanazi an effective prison sentence of 31 years.

Judge to Palesa Madiba's killer: 'You treated her as if she was less than a human being'

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Jeanette Chabalala/News24
Manyathi said Mkhwanazi was not remorseful, and had buried Madiba like a dog.
This despite Madiba treating Mkhwanazi as her uncle.
“You treated her as if she was less than a human being by burying her like a dog in your yard.”
Judge Prince Manyathi was scathing in his words to Dumisani Mkhwanazi during sentencing in the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Friday.
Mkhwanazi - convicted of murdering and burying Palesa Madiba, 20, in a shallow grave in 2013 -  was sentenced effectively to 31 years in jail for murder, theft of Madiba’s cellphone, defeating the ends of justice, as well as possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. 

Court sentences killer of UJ student to 31 years' imprisonment

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Court sentences killer of UJ student to 31 years’ imprisonment
By IOL Reporter
DUMISANI Ronald Mkhwanazi, the man who killed University of Johannesburg student Palesa Madiba in August 2013, has been sentenced.
Breaking down the sentencing, NPA spokesperson, Phindi Mjonondwane, said Mkhwanazi was sentenced to 20 years for murder, three years for the theft of Madiba's phone, eight years for defeating the ends of justice, 10 years for possession of an unlicensed firearm and two years for unlawful possession of ammunition. Some of the sentences were ordered to run concurrently with the murder sentence, resulting in an effective 31 years’ imprisonment.
Mkhwanazi was arrested in December 2015, following the discovery of Madiba's remains in his backyard at his home in Phiri, Soweto.

Palesa Madiba's mother forgives her daughter's killer: 'Jailing him will not bring back my child'

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Her remains were later found buried in a shallow grave at Tshidi's home.
Mkhwanazi was arrested, charged and convicted of Madiba's murder in 2020.
He was sentenced in the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Friday to 20 years for murder, three for theft of Madiba's cellphone, eight for defeating ends of justice, 10 for the possession of an unlicenced firearm and two for the possession of ammunition.Judge Prince Mkhwanazi ordered the sentence to run concurrently, meaning he would serve an effective 31 years in jail.
#PalesaMadiba Convicted murderer Dumisani Mkhwanazi has been sentenced to 20 years for murder, 3 years for theft of cellphone, 8 years for defeating ends of justice, 10 years for possession of an unlicensed firearm and 2 years for possession of ammunition (@ntwaagae)— Team News24 (@TeamNews24) February 26, 2021

Justice for Palesa Madiba as accused sentenced to 31 years behind bars

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The National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa (NPA) on Friday confirmed that Dumisani Ronald Mkhwanazi – the man responsible for killing Palesa Madiba in August 2013 – was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Madiba was murdered in Phiri, Soweto in 2013 while visiting her friend Matshidiso Mkhwanazi for a sleepover, the accused’s niece. Her remains were discovered in a shallow grave at Tshidi’s home two years later.
Alarm was raised after a neighbour saw an arm protruding from the soil. At the time, Mkhwanazi was charged with murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and defeating the ends of justice.
Palesa Madiba: Justice at last

court drama of 2020!

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court drama of 2020!
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary. Photo by Gallo Images/ Frennie Shivambu.
FROM murder to fraud and corruption, it was a rather busy year for Mzansi’s courts.
Perhaps the biggest case that grabbed everyone’s attention this year was the arrest of Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary. The couple, along with three other accused, were arrested on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to R102 million.
The Bushiris were granted bail by the Pretoria Magistrates Court after spending several nights at Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre.
But it was what happened after they were granted bail that set many tongues wagging. Violating their bail conditions, the Bushiris managed to flee Mzansi and headed to their home country of Malawi, claiming they feared for their lives.

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