- The four men accused of Thorisho Themane's murder in 2019 have been sentenced to 10 years in prison
- At the time of the death, the men were minors and the incident was recorded; they are all over 18 now
- The deputy judge president who handed down the sentence described the murder as horrible and painful
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LIMPOPO - Four men were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for the murder of Thorisho Themane, who was brutally assaulted and killed in Polokwane in 2019.
Kgothatso Teffo, 18, Raofa Mahloromela Vincent Mothomela, 18, Tshiamo Miyeni, 19, and Lesetja Kabelo Ramokgopa, 20, were sentenced on Wednesday, 29 June in the Limpopo High Court.
The violent incident was recorded on video and was widely shared on social media. Themane was assaulted by six teenagers and two adults and only four of them were found guilty, TimesLIVE reported. At the time of the death, the men were minors and have now turned 18 years or older. The sentence will be divided between rehabilitation youth centres and prisons when they turn 21.
The two adults accused of the murder, Chuene Maleka and Alfred Mothapo, were found guilty of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. They were sentenced to an R20 000 fine or five years behind bars.
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According to News24, Deputy Judge President Violet Semenya, who handed down the sentence, described the murder as horrible and painful. Semenya said Themane could not defend himself and described the act as a sheep being led to slaughter. She added that the accused enjoyed the attack.
South Africans are outraged over the sentence and believe that 10 years is far too little time for murder:
“10 years? After they proudly carried his lifeless body and took a video?”
“10 years, 10 years for taking someone else away forever. How do you justify that?”
“10? Life is indeed cheap in SA. God help us.”
“This justice system is a joke, 10 years of what while somebody' lost his life, those m******s deserved hasher sentences than that.”
Guilty verdict for 4 minors accused of Thoriso Themane's murder, SA jubilant
In a related matter, Briefly News also reported South Africans are satisfied with the judgement in the murder case of aspiring musician Thoriso Themane, who was brutally assaulted by a group of minors in Fauna Park, Polokwane, in February 2019. The incident was recorded in a video that subsequently went viral on social media, along with images of Thoriso's battered and bruised body.
The Polokwane High Court has now passed judgement in the matter more than two and a half years since that fateful day. Briefly News understands that four of the six minors involved were found guilty of murder.
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