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Sibusiso Mpungose handed four life terms for killing his four children

Last month, he told the court that he committed the murders because he suspected his wife of cheating on him with the father of her first child.

Sibusiso Mpungose appears in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on 6 November 2019. Picture: Nkosikhona Duma/EWN

PIETERMARITZBURG - The Durban man who killed his three children and stepdaughter has been sentenced to four life terms.

Sibusiso Mpungose appeared in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Wednesday.

Judge Sharmaine Balton did not mince her words, saying that Mpungose deserved to be removed from society for his heinous crimes.

The court heard that Mpungose killed his children to spite his wife after an argument.

Judge Balton described Mpungose's actions as callous given the fact that his wife denied allegations of infidelity when he confronted her.

The judge said that she wanted to send a strong sentence to people like Mpungose before delivering his sentence.

"You are accordingly sentenced to life imprisonment on each of the counts. Effectively, you are sentenced to four terms of life imprisonment."

The children's maternal family welcomed the sentence.

Spokesperson Mthobisi Mlaba: "We are grateful that he got the life sentence even though it is not going to bring back our kids but that is the only thing we can comfort ourselves with knowing he'll be in jail for a long time."

KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza, who was also in court, said that today's sentence was a victory for all.

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