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CT cop killer sentenced to life

Sergeant Bafundi Mdlalo was shot and killed at his Mitchells Plain home in July 2013.

Picture: SAPS.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court has sentenced a man to life behind bars for the murder of a Cape Town police officer.

Mziwedingwa Putase heard his fate when he appeared in the dock on Friday.

Sergeant Bafundi Mdlalo was shot and killed at his Mitchells Plain home in July 2013.

Putase was convicted for being the mastermind behind 34-year-old Sergeant Mdlalo's killing.

He was also found guilty on charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances, the unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition and theft of a firearm.

The court described Putase as a daring killer who intentionally shot and killed Mdlalo in a cold-blooded and merciless manner.

Mdlalo was gunned down in front of his three-year-old son and wife, who is also a police officer.

Provincial Police Commissioner Khombinkosi Jula has welcomed the hefty sentence and has thanked the SAPS members involved in putting the officer's killer behind bars.