Man sentenced to 8 years imprisonment for hacking his cousin to death with a panga


By Agreement Mabunda

POLOKWANE-Ruben Makhafola (59) was this past Friday convicted and sentenced to 8 years imprisonment by the Mokopane Regional Court for the murder of his cousin.

The court heard that on Sunday, 06 March 2023, Makhafola and his cousin Norius Kekana (58), both from Matome village in the Moletlane area outside Zebediela, got embroiled in a heated argument relating to family issues.

Makhafola went to his house and fetched an axe, which he used to hack his cousin to death.

He was arrested at the crime scene and was charged with murder.

Makhafola was remanded in custody until he was eventually granted bail in May.

He made numerous court appearances until he was convicted and sentenced to 8 years direct imprisonment for murder with no option of a fine.


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