Emmanuel Sithole’s family unhappy with killers’ sentence

The Mozambican national’s family hoped his two killers would get sentences of 20 years to life.

Convicted murderer Sifundo Mzimela looks up in the dock ahead of sentencing in the murder case of Mozambican national Emmanuel Sithole in the Johannesburg magistrate's court. Picture:Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Mozambican national Emmanuel Sithole's family says they're not satisfied with the Johannesburg Magistrates Court's decision to sentence his two killers to 17 and 10 years in prison, indicating it's not sufficient.

Sithole, also known as Emmanuel Josias, was stabbed to death on a pavement in Alexandra during a spate of xenophobic violence in the country in April last year.

Mthinta Bhengu and his accomplice Sifundo Mzimela were sentenced yesterday.

Sithole's family says they were hoping that his killers would be sentenced to at least 20 years in jail, or receive life sentences.

However, the National Prosecuting Authority is pleased with the outcome.

Sithole's stepmother Mmosebetsi Mofokeng says he has three young children between the ages of one and four, who were financially dependent on him.

"It's not right because they don't have a father, but they want to apologise."

In handing down his sentence yesterday, Magistrate Lucas van der Schyff said the murder was brutal and senseless.

He said he hopes Sithole's death will make the public realise how families are affected by crimes on a daily basis.