Sithole murder: Bhengu, Mzimela handed 17 & 10 years, respectively

Sifundo Mzimela and Mthinta Bhengu were found guilty of the murder on 18 April.

FILE: Four men were arrested after the fatal stabbing of a Mozambican national Emmanuel Sithole, in Alexandra at the weekend. Picture: James Oatway/Sunday Times.

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.

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.

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.

The minor, who was convicted of theft and assault, will have to report to a social worker later this week.