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Nyanga cop killers ask for mercy during sentencing

The accused’s lawyers have asked the court to consider their clients' ability to be rehabilitated.

FILE: The men and two of their accomplices appeared in the Western Cape High Court today. Picture: Saps.

CAPE TOWN - The convicted killers of two Nyanga police officers have asked the court to be lenient during sentencing.

Lawyers for Anele Linwani and Malikhaya Molefe have asked the court to consider their clients' ability to be rehabilitated and no previous convictions when handing down sentence.

The men, members of the township gang Vatos Locos, were yesterday convicted of killing a pair of officers in Nyanga last year.

The men and two of their accomplices appeared in the Western Cape High Court today.

Molefe's lawyer Chumani Giyose has asked Judge Boet Smit to keep an open mind, and consider his clients ability to reform when handing down his sentence.

Conceding the murder of a policeman is a serious offense, Giyose further charged no sentence will bring back the deceased.

He asked the court to deviate from the minimum prescribed sentence of life in prison and only deliver a 20-year term.

At the same time, Linwani's lawyer appealed for the court to also take into account that her client has no previous record.

WIDOW OF SLAIN COP STILL EMOTIONALLY TRAUMATISED

At the same time, the wife of slain Nyanga policeman Monwabisi Khakha says she is still emotionally traumatised by her husband's death.

Phumeza Khakha today testified in aggravation of sentence in the trial against her husband's killers and two accomplices.

Facing her husband's killers, a visibly shaken and teary Khakha broke down, stating she was only days from giving birth when her husband was killed.

The mother of two says she has struggled to make ends meet since his death.

So much so that she's had to sell their family home.

The slain cop and fellow police officer, Sibongile Ngacwuzele, were responding to a tip-off about the location of a stolen bakkie when they were gunned down in Nyanga last year.

The state argues the men have shown no remorse for the calculated execution of the two policemen.