Sbonelo Mkhize, the man found guilty of killing nine-year-old Sadia Sukhraj in a botched hijacking in Shallcross last year has been given life in prison and 15 years for robbery.
Mkhize was found guilty of all charges on Monday, including murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances. The Grade 4 pupil at Everest Primary was shot in her abdomen and was taken to Chatsmed Hospital, where she later succumbed to her injuries.
“I have constant flashbacks to that day. Every day I drop my son off, I see the same pavement, the same driveway. The flashbacks are so overwhelming on some days that I feel like I cannot breath,” Lorraine Sukhraj said in a statement, which was read out by State prosecutor Kelvin Singh.
Mkhize, who was caught after the hijacking, was beaten up by angry community members. His accomplice, Siyabonga Bulose, died at the scene after being shot in the hip by Sadia’s father, Shailendra Sukhraj, as the two men tried to make their getaway after stealing his vehicle.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.