Rattray killer gets 25 years

KwaZulu-Natal Judge President Vuka Tshabalala said in court yesterday that the man who shot historian David Rattray, pictured, would have got the death penalty not many years ago.

KwaZulu-Natal Judge President Vuka Tshabalala said in court yesterday that the man who shot historian David Rattray, pictured, would have got the death penalty not many years ago.

The judge sentenced Thembinkosi Ndlovu, 24, to 25 years and ordered that he serve 18 years before being considered for parole.

Tshabalala said the murder of Rattray, and the attempted aggravated robbery of Rattray and his employee, Carol Zulu, were "motivated by greed for quick money".

"Life is a struggle. People should earn their living and not rob," he said. "Rattray's murder and other murders and robberies give South Africa a bad name, more so as the 2010 World Cup approaches." - Sapa

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