Sentencing of man guilty of killing ANC councillor in 2016 postponed to December

Fisokuhle Ntuli was found guilty and convicted on six counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and four counts of possessing an unlicensed firearm by the Esikhaleni Regional Court in Richards Bay on Monday.

Fisokuhle Ntuli was found guilty and convicted on six counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and four counts of an unlicensed firearm by the Esikhaleni Regional Court in Richards Bay. Picture: Nhlanhla Mabaso/Eyewitness News

RICHARDS BAY - The sentencing of Fisokuhle Ntuli, who murdered an African National Congress (ANC) councillor in Nongoma, northern KwaZulu-Natal, back in 2016 has been adjourned to 9 December this year.

Ntuli was found guilty and convicted on six counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and four counts of an unlicensed firearm by the Esikhaleni Regional Court in Richards Bay on Monday.

The matter was back in court for sentencing Tuesday morning, however, Ntuli’s attorney Sicelo Zungu threw a curveball and brought an application to have the sentenced adjourned to have social workers assess Ntuli’s personal circumstances.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said that although the matter was postponed, they welcomed the conviction.

“This conviction, for us, is going to send a very clear message to potential anarchists that are out there of the consequences of their actions. So we really welcome the conviction, without preempting the court’s ruling on the sentencing of the accused. We’re looking forward to a very hefty sentence.”

‘WE WILL ARGUE FOR A HEAVY SENTENCE’

The National Prosecuting Authority said it would argue for a strict sentencing in Ntuli’s case.

Prosecutor Cyril Selepe said: “We will argue for a heavy sentence. Planned and premeditated murder go with sentences of imprisonment for life.”

Selepe also expressed gratitude to witnesses who came forward and risked their lives to testify.

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