Sithole murder: Bhengu, Mzimela handed 17 & 10 years, respectively
Sifundo Mzimela and Mthinta Bhengu were found guilty of the murder on 18 April.
JOHANNESBURG - One of the men who murdered Mozambican national Emmanuel Sithole, also known as Emmanuel Josias, has just been sentenced to 17 years behind bars while his accomplice has been handed 10 years.
Mthinta Bhengu and Sifundo Mzimela killed the Mozambican vendor in a stabbing caught on camera during violent xenophobic attacks in April last year.
Magistrate Lucas van der Schyff says Sithole's murder was senseless, brutal and unnecessary.
#Sithole Magistrate: A court is not limited to a minimum sentence.— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) February 1, 2016
He told the Magistrates Court that Bhengu was a danger to society and insisted there were no compelling reasons for as minimum sentence.
Van der Schyff says Bhengu didn't only stab the Mozambican vendor once, but continued to attack him while he was begging for mercy.
#Sithole Magistrate: The fact that they are all still young, must be taken into consideration. They also used alcohol.— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) February 1, 2016
Mzimela has been sentenced to 10 years in jail as the magistrate believes he only responded to Bhengu's violent behaviour.
They were both under the influence of alcohol at the time.
#Sithole Mzimela asked his mother to apologize to the Sithole family on his behalf.— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) February 1, 2016
#Sithole Magistrate: Bhengu tried to show remorse, but it wasn't genuine.— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) February 1, 2016
#Sithole Magistrate: To determine the appropriate sentence we need to look at each case. Bhengu was 19 when he committed the crime.— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) February 1, 2016
The minor, who was convicted of theft and assault, will have to report to a social worker later this week.