Aug 18, 2022

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Ten-year sentences for murder of Thoriso Themane in dispute over a cap

Kgothatso Teffo, 18, Raofa Mahloromela, Vincent Mothomela, 18, Tshiamo Miyeni, 19, and Lesetja Kabelo Ramokgopa, 20, were sentenced to 10 years in prison for the murder of Thoriso Themane.

The four were convicted by the Limpopo High Court in Polokwane on Wednesday.

Teffo is expected to serve three years of sentence in a youth center, while Miyeni and Mothemela will serve two years and Ramokgopa one year before being transferred to a youth center become a regular prison.

Themane was brutally attacked and killed by six teenagers and two adults at Fauna Park in Polokwane in 2019, although only four were convicted of the murder. The attack was captured on cellphone video that went viral on social media.

Four of the six teenagers who attacked Themane were found guilty in Limpopo High Court late last year, while the other two were found guilty of the joint assault.

Two adults accused of being part of the mob involved in the murder – Chuene Maleka and Alfred Mothapo – were charged with the assault with intent to cause serious bodily harm. found guilty.

Maleka and Mothapo were sentenced to a fine of 20,000 rand or five years in prison.

NPA Limpopo spokesman Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi previously told TimesLIVE, that the court was satisfied that there was a common purpose among the four youths found guilty of murder. She said at the time that the two, who were found guilty of joint assault, filed a guilty plea in court early in the trial.

“In the statement they filed, they said they recognized that they should have left the group because there was no reason to attack the deceased,” Malabi-Dzhangi said at the time.

Thabang Mohubedi, 20, and Adaho Mudau, 20, who pleaded guilty, were all admitted sentenced to three years imprisonment suspended for five years unless they commit a similar offense during that time.

Themane was attacked at Fauna Park, Polokwane and later died in hospital. Malabi-Dzhangi told TimesLIVE the minors accused Themane of taking a hat that belonged to one of them.

During the trial, she said the two adults denied all allegations against them and said, they never would have attacked subjects despite being at the scene.

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