Last updated on 2023-02-11
The South Gauteng High Court on Friday imposed a life sentence on former senior policewoman, Lieutenant Colonel Cordelia Mogoerane for hiring hitmen to murder her husband.
Ex-cop Major-General Thekiso Hendrik Mogoerane’s body was found along the P91 road in Kempton Park on January 17, 2018, with the post-mortem report revealing strangulation as the cause of death.
Cellphone records linked Cordelia to the crime and she was arrested in June 2018, along with seven other suspects.
One of the accused, Musa Morris Mayisela, has died, and Bonisiwe Lukhele was fatally shot outside the Vosloorus police station to comply with her bail conditions.
Three of the suspects were acquitted, and Thokozani Zondo had charges against him dropped after it was established that he had distanced himself from the planned murder of Mogoerane.
Court records showed that Cordelia had attempted to drug Mogoerane, but when the hitmen arrived and found him still conscious, they quickly escaped the scene without being noticed.
Eventually, when Mogoerane dozed off, his wife summoned them to return, at which point Thokozani Zondo elected not to be a part of the plot. Upon arrival, they placed Mogoerane in Lukhele’s car, and another accused drove Mogoerane’s vehicle.
Then, they throttled him and left him in his car.
Senior State Advocate Carla Britz argued that Cordelia had planned this murder over a period and had no regard for how his death would affect his family.
Britz implored the court to disregard Cordelia’s claim that her husband was abusive, arguing that she had not provided any proof in court to back up her statement.
The National Prosecuting Authority heaped accolades to the East Rand Organised Crime Division, investigating officer, Captain Robert Mathebula and Advocate Britz for the state striving relentlessly to reveal the identity behind Mogoerane’s murder and for their steadfast dedication to the struggle for justice.