Twenty-seven-year-old Sandile Cebekhulu was found guilty and was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for the murder of his girlfriend, recently.
Sandile Cebekhulu, a Tongaat resident, allegedly claimed that he had been walking from Gwalas Farm with his 20-year-old girlfriend and two-year-old son when two men threatened them with knives and eventually robbed them of their cellphones.
Cebekhulu further claimed that his girlfriend was then stabbed by one of the suspects, which led to her immediate death.
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A case of murder and robbery was opened and the deceased’s body was taken to Phoenix Mortuary for a post mortem.
After obtaining statements from witnesses, collecting evidence and much investigation, police uncovered that Cebekhulu was responsible for the murder of his deceased’s girlfriend. The investigation further revealed that the accused had lied under oath.
“The police proved that Cebekhulu lied about being attacked and robbed by two unknown suspects. The investigation revealed that he murdered his own girlfriend and tried to commit suicide afterwards,” Cpt Ngwane said.
It was only on April, 22, 2018 that Tongaat SAPS detectives, Cpt Veli Yaka and W/O Richard Naidoo arrested Cebekhulu for the murder of his girlfriend while he was attending the funeral of his late girlfriend. While detained at
Tongaat SAPS, Cebekhulu confessed to having lied under oath and killing his girlfriend. Cebekhulu was then charged for murder and defeating the ends of justice and later denied bail.
Cebekhulu’s trial was held on March 4, 2019 and was then convicted for the murder of his girlfriend and defeating the ends of justice on March 15, 2019.
Branch commander, Det Lt Col Noh Ndlazi, commended Det W/O Richard Naidoo for the manner in which he conducted the investigation.
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Tongaat SAPS station commander, Col Santha Moodley, also commended Det W/O Richard Naidoo for his outstanding commitment.
“We welcome the sentence handed down to Sandile Cebekhulu. We as Tongaat SAPS believe that this will serve as a strong warning the perpetrators of crime,” Cpt Moodley said.
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