Mpumalanga Hawks applauds lengthy sentence against murderer

MPUMALANGA The Provincial Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), Major General Zodwa Mokoena has welcomed the conviction and an effective life sentence and a further 15 years imprisonment imposed on 37-year-old Stanley Sibiya for the murder of Jerry Zacharia Theledi (63) last week Friday by the Mpumalanga High Court.

On 25 November 2016, Sibiya shot and killed Theledi during a hijacking in his driveway at Marite trust Mpumalanga. Sibiya fled the scene with the vehicle and other valuables of the deceased. The vehicle was later found abounded the following day at Tshabalala trust. Seven months later, Sibiya was arrested in Middelburg in a joint operation by the Hawks Serious Organised Crime Investigation Unit Nelspruit and Witbank TRT members.

During his arrest he was found in possession of fifty life ammunition rounds. Further investigations also revealed that the Sibiya was on parole at the time of his arrest. He was on parole for the brutal murder of his one year old daughter on 29 March 2005.

We are convinced that this lengthy sentence handed down on Sibiya will no doubt serve as a deterrent to those who may have any intentions to commit crimes against innocent law abiding citizens in our cherished province.

The outcome of this case and many others is a true reflection of the effective and efficient collaboration of the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority again in the province and nationally. We therefore urge communities to join forces with the police as we continue to confront serious crime head-on, urged Major General Mokoena.

Meanwhile, the Mpumalanga High court condemned Sibiya to a life term imprisonment for murder, 15 years for armed robbery and was also declare unfit to possess the firearm.

Source: South African Police Service