Cape Town Drug Kingpin Fadwaan Murphy Handed 18-Year Jail Imprisonment and R2 Million Fine

Cape Town Drug Kingpin Fadwaan Murphy Handed 18-Year Jail Imprisonment and R2 Million Fine

  • The notorious Cape Town drug kingpin, Fadwaan Murphy, was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment and was slapped with an R2 million fine
  • Murphy, otherwise known as "Vet", was convicted of 193 charges related to his criminal enterprise
  • South Africans believed that his prison sentence wouldn't last long and he would be roaming the streets soon

With nine years' experience, Tebogo Mokwena, a current affairs writer for Briefly News, provided insights into the criminal justice system and high-profile cases in South Africa at Daily Sun.

Fadwaan Murphy was given an 18-year sentence for running a drug empire but SA don't think he will stay imprisoned
Netizens doubted that Fadwaan Murphy would remain imprisoned after being given a hefty sentence. Images: AndreyPopov and Westend61
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The infamous drug kingpin Fadwaan Murphy was given a taste of justice when he was handed down an 18-year sentence and was hit with a R2 million fine for running his drug empire.

Murphy's sentence was handed down to him in the Cape Town High Court on Friday, 19 January, and his ex-wife, Shafieka Murphy, was given 15 years imprisonment for managing his enterprise.

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Drug lord given 18-year prison sentence

According to TimesLIVE, Murphy's criminal enterprise consisted of supplying the Cape flats with tik, making him an extremely wealthy and powerful man. He used his money to buy a luxurious house in Parklands and other properties in Worcester and Strand in the Western Cape. Murphy and his wife also used his legitimate company, Ulterior Trading Solutions, to launder his criminal gains.

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Murphy was convicted of 112 counts of attempting to deal in drugs, one count of dealing in drugs and 72 counts of laundering money. State Prosecutor Aradhana Heeramun remarked that the pair ran their enterprise as if they were running a legitimate business while destroying countless lives in the Western Cape.

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Netizens doubt he will remain imprisoned

South Africans on Facebook did not doubt that he would be released from prison soon.

Roland wagenaar joked:

"He will come out and be a minister."

Bojela Sncono said:

"He will be out very soon. Wow, MK, take over and fix this justice system of criminals."

Petrus Mzaefane Nage laughed.

"It's a joke of a sentence. That fine amount is pocket money for this guy. The judiciary failed dismally here. He can raise that amount while being held in police cells."

Joe Bliksem exclaimed:

"That means nothing. He will come out highly-ranked in the gang, doing business as usual."

Nhlanhla Womfana Mnisi added:

"Are there any other results of dealing in drugs other than greed for money and power?"

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In a similar article, Briefly News reported that convicted fraudster Hildegard Steenkamp was sentenced to 50 years for defrauding her employer, Medtronic, of R530 million.

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Steenkamp was found guilty of 300 fraud counts after defrauding her employer over 10 years, using the money to live a lavish lifestyle.

Netizens clapped and were relieved that she was sent to prison, where she might remain for the rest of her life

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email: