Four men have been sent to an effective 25 years behind bars by the Eastern Cape High Court in Makhanda for the brutal farm attack in Aberdeen in March of 2017.
Lwandile Aseni, 24, Zwelakhe Mguzulwa, 37, and Zwelakhe Jaxa, 31, illegally gained entry to the farm. Floyd Ayanda Nkohla, 35, was an employee on the farm at the time of the attack where 45-year-old Hannes Gouws was shot dead and his 14-year-old son Jan-Hendrik was assaulted.
“The 14-year-old fought back and as a result of the scuffle [the men] fled the scene without taking anything from the farm,” said police spokesperson Captain Anelisa Feni.
Feni added that investigations revealed that Nkohla was the one who supplied Aseni, Mguzulwa and Jaxa with information relating to the farm.
“The Serious Organised Crime Investigation unit of the Hawks commenced with its investigation and during October 2017 arrested Aseni, Nkohla, Mguzulwa and Jaxa in George.”
The four were sentenced to three years imprisonment for conspiracy to commit armed robbery, three years for housebreaking with the intent to steal, five years for attempted robbery, 16 years for two counts of attempted murder, six years for the unlawful possession of a firearm and six years for the unlawful possession of ammunition.
National Hawks head, Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya, welcomed the sentences and commended the investigators for their work.