Gledlands hitmen sentenced to life behind bars for taxi boss killing

Gledlands hitmen sentenced to life behind bars for taxi boss killing

- Two Glebelands Hostel residents have each been sentence to life behind bars for the killing of a Lamontville taxi boss

- The two were found guilty of shooting and killing taxi association chairman, Vela Simon Ndebele, at the meeting in a community hall in Lamontville in June of 2015

- Glebelands hostel has previously been described as a "reservoir" of hitmen

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Glebelands Hostel in Lamontville south of Durban has been described as a “reservoir” of hitmen. The two men who on Friday were sentenced to life imprisonment for killing 52-year-old Lamontville taxi association chairman, Vela Simon Ndebele.

Briefly.co.za has learned the two who were found guilty previously of shooting Ndebele at a community meeting in Lamontville are residents of the hostel with a reputation of being the site and source of many killings.

During an investigation into political killings in KwaZulu-Natal, evidence given to the Moerane Commission described the hostel as a "reservoir" of hitmen. In past years, more than 100 people have died as a result of the violence over the allocation of beds and rooms at the hostel.

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According to police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbhele, taxi boss Ndebele, 52, was shot and killed while attending a meeting in a community hall in Lamontville on 11 June 2015.

Mbhele said the gunmen, Mxoleleni Hopeson Bhani and Mbeko Duma were immediately intercepted and arrested following the shooting. Police recovered two pistols from each man as well as rounds of ammunition.

Bhani and Duma have each been sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, 15 years imprisonment for possession of two unlicensed firearms and four years imprisonment for possession of illegal ammunition.

According to Mbhele, Bhani is already serving a life term for shooting and killing Sipho Ndovela outside the Umlazi court in 2015.

KZN Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa congratulated those involved in the investigation on their part in securing life sentences.

“We will ensure that we put all hitmen linked to Glebelands hostel and taxi-related violence as well as other serious and violent crimes behind bars indefinitely. Our investigators are working around the clock to ensure that there is peace and stability at the hostel and this sentence will bring hope to the community members that police are determined to root-out anyone who is responsible for the volatile situation,” he said.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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