NPA welcomes sentences in Tirhani Maswanganyi case

Three former SANDF members were found guilty of assaulting & suffocating the top cop in 2013.

The National Prosecuting Authority's head office in Pretoria. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has welcomed life sentences handed to the three people found guilty of murdering Gauteng top cop Tirhani Maswanganyi.

Isaac Vele, Simon Msibi and Tshepo Mosai were sentenced in the High Court in Pretoria yesterday.

The three former South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members were found guilty of assaulting and suffocating Maswanganyi, before dumping his body along a highway in Pretoria in 2013.

The NPA says this case should be a warning to all criminals thinking of targeting police officers.

NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku said, "As the NPA we welcome the sentence as it restores justice in the criminal justice system. We ask the public to respect the men and women in blue and allow them to exercise their responsibilities."