Pretoria Magistrates’ Court sentenced two Atteridgeville men on Wednesday to multiple charges including murder, attempted murder, and robbery with aggravating circumstances.
During the trial, the court heard that on April 11, 2017, the two men, Frank Mabuinda 20, and Phumlani Meje 23, were drinking at a pub in Phatlotsane, Atteridgeville when they saw a social gathering nearby. They went to the place and demanded that everyone hand over their belongings. They opened fire on the group, killing a 17-year-old teenager. Both were arrested the same day after the shooting and have been in custody since the NPA successfully challenged their bail.
In aggravation of sentence, Prosecutor Dru Ramsamy told the court that it was their legal obligation to impose a mandatory sentence and that both men showed no remorse for what they did.
Magistrate Magdaline Erasmus found the duo guilty of two counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder, and two counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances each.
Meje was found guilty of possession of an unlawful firearm and ammunition on August 29, 2022.
The court found Mabuinda 33, guilty and sentenced him to 20 years in prison, with a further 28-year sentence – both sentences were ordered to run concurrently.
His co-accused, Meje 23, was sentenced to 33 years in prison with 10 years ordered to run concurrently with the other sentence.