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Bus murder gets 2 students life sentences

By Chester Makana | Sep 09, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 10 ]

TWO University of Limpopo students have been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a fellow student who was thrown out of a moving bus.

George Tsoai, 25, and Raymond Mabelebele, 26, were found guilty of the murder of 24-year-old Nkosinathi Mhlongo.

The third accused, Tibane Serumole, 24, escaped a life sentence and was sentenced to 15 years in jail - with the option of a R15 000 fine.

The two students who got life attacked Mhlongo and his friends after they complained about their smoking on the bus.

When sentencing them the magistrate, Doctor Nkuna, told them they could appeal if they were not satisfied that they had been properly punished for their crime.

Mhlongo was murdered in 2008 while returning from a trip to Pretoria organised by various students movements to hand over a memorandum to the minister of education.

Nkuna told them they should have behaved like students.

"If you had behaved like students the court was going to treat you like students, but you behaved like criminals, so the court will treat like that."

The sentence was delayed in June after the defence applied for the probation officer to provide a report on the accused.

The report by three social workers said the three accused had not indicated any remorse over their actions.

Nkuna told the three while sentencing them that a university was a place to produce leaders - not ruthless, barbaric individuals.

State advocate Sam Mamabolo said: "This court wants to send a clear massage that this type of barbaric behaviour is not accepted by society."

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Is a lesson to other people to say taking other people's life might end you in getting life sentence. Just like the family who lost their loved ones, they also lost the priviledge of being with their loved ones as they would be in prison. Only God should give and take people's lives not another human being.

Sep 09, 2010 8:27 | 0 replies

@ Garang, Adv. Baloyi is ready preparing for their appeal, in four yrs tym just expect to read about them graduating with LLB's. They will achieve their dreams behind bars. Shame to them, their parents send them to study towards degrees now they return home with Life Setence Degrees. Guys in 1895 charles Glass introduce, beer he died slogan " vhuvhumba vhukonani" so drink and make friends not drink and kill and blame beer. when you grow up u find your grandfather drinking but he did not kill anyone. ag mani

Sep 09, 2010 12:37 | 0 replies

These dudes still have the chance to achieve their dreams of being graduates. Baloyi will tell them how. Bye- bye dudes will shall meet in the second life.

Sep 09, 2010 11:52 | 0 replies

Mob pshychology for you. The boys were sent to school by poor parents hoping that they will uplift their families. How do they reward them? Moral of tthe story: let's encourage our kids to choose their companions extra carefully.

Sep 09, 2010 11:38 | 0 replies

Go and rot in jail you animals.

Sep 09, 2010 10:8 | 0 replies

im the ul student and i think this is a clear message to the members of the pya in general who sometimes think that the varsity is theirs...now i believe we are going to witness the free and fair src elections..no one is going to intimidate each other...viva justice viva!!!!!!!!

Sep 09, 2010 9:44 | 0 replies

im the ul student and i think this is a clear message to the members of the pya in general who sometimes think that the varsity is theirs...now i believe we are going to witness the free and fair src elections..no one is going to intimidate each other...viva justice viva!!!!!!!!

Sep 09, 2010 9:43 | 0 replies

Shooooo, to think one of this guys was my neighbour at campus..........wish all people who commit murder be given the same hush sentences as this two

Sep 09, 2010 8:49 | 0 replies

Good...they must just rot in jail....

Sep 09, 2010 8:36 | 0 replies

Shame,, as a former UL student i feel very disappointed about the whole matter. the whole situation is so unfortunate. this in fact shows that we need to be guided by the word of GOD at all material times. i can imagine the feeling of both families (that of the deceased and the culprits). PRAYER....PRAYER

Sep 10, 2010 8:59 | 0 replies