Lucky Dube (1964-2007) was shot dead in South Africa on Thursday, October 18, 2007. The reggae icon was hailed and respected all over Africa and the world.
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State: Dube killers should get life sentences
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA Apr 01 2009 13:38
The three men who killed reggae icon Lucky Dube should be removed from society and not be considered for parole before serving at least 25 years of their sentence, the prosecution told the High Court in Johannesburg on Wednesday.
"They didn’t show any remorse … and they are surely not candidates for rehabilitation. This court should impose one sentence only and that sentence is life imprisonment," state advocate Lethabo Mashiane said.
He was arguing ahead of the sentencing of the trio. On Tuesday Sifiso Mhlanga, Julius Gxowa and Mbuti Mabe were found guilty of killing Dube in October 2007 during a botched hijacking. They were also found guilty of hijacking a Mercedes Benz two days after Dube was killed.
Lawyers representing the three men said on Wednesday that while there were no substantial or compelling circumstances for the court to impose a lesser sentence, Judge Seun Moshidi should consider that they had minor children.
Mashiane disputed this, saying the trio had not considered their children when committing the crime.
"They had these children before they decided to commit the crime, so they can’t now say ‘please have mercy on us because we have children’," Mashiane said.
The court should also consider that Dube’s killers robbed 14 of his employees of an income and his seven children of a father.
Thuthukani Cele, one of Dube’s nine band members, told the court that his staff included a driver and office workers. Cele said Dube was a humanitarian who gave poor women food and matriculants money to further their studies.
Judge Moshidi stood the matter down for Thursday to consider all the facts.
"The court isn’t going to rush, so the court will give sentence tomorrow at 10am," Moshidi said. – Sapa
Source: Mail & Guardian Online
Web Address: http://www.mg.co.za/article/2009-04-01-state-dube-killers-should-get-life-sentences
Lucky Dube’s alleged killers try to escape from police custody
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA Mar 31 2009 12:09
Judgement in the trial of Lucky Dube’s alleged killers was delayed on Tuesday to ascertain if two of the accused, injured while trying to escape from police custody, were fit to proceed.
The judgement in the High Court in Johannesburg started at 11.30am instead of the scheduled 10am.
Lawyers representing Sifiso Mhlanga and Mbuti Mabe told the court the two men were rushed to hospital following an attempted escape on Tuesday morning.
"Accused one [Mhlanga] attempted to escape and he got injured in the process and was taken to hospital," said advocate Vuyo Jack.
Mpho Milubi, who is representing Mabe, said the same regarding his client.
The two men, whose judgement was due to be finalised by Tuesday afternoon, allegedly assaulted a police officer at about 8am.
However, other officers managed to apprehend them before they could escape and they were rearrested and taken to hospital as they were injured in the ensuing scuffle.
The nature of their injuries was not yet known.
The police officer assaulted with a brick was receiving treatment in hospital.
Before standing down the trial for 11.30am, Judge Seun Moshidi requested that security be beefed up until the trial was finalised.
"I suggest, in view of this development, that security should be beefed up. People going into this court should be safe and court orderlies must do their work … They have been too relaxed," Moshidi said.
The third accused, Julius Gxowa, cut a lone figure in court on Tuesday morning.
Captain John Maluleke said a truck transporting prisoners from the prison to the courts arrived at about 7.30am at the high court building.
It drove into the courtyard and down to the basement where it parked next to the holding cells to offload 16 prisoners.
The roller gate was closed to seal off the basement and nine policemen were sent to carry out the prisoner transfer from the truck to the cells.
As per procedure, prisoners came out two-by-two to be handcuffed and to have their feet chained together.
Maluleke said the first two pairs of prisoners came out of the truck and were cuffed and chained.
The third pair included one of the men accused of murdering Dube.
As the two men were stepping down from the truck, both pushed hard at one of the vehicle’s doors — causing it to swing into a police officer and knock him to the ground.
A second officer, standing with the chains and cuffs in hand, was then struck by a brick in the face, allegedly wielded by one of the men accused of murdering Dube.
A third officer pulled out a firearm and fired off two warning shots into the air before demanding that all prisoners lie on the ground.
Police then handcuffed and chained the prisoners where they lay on the ground.
Four police officers were injured during the incident.
No prisoners managed to escape and the roller door was closed throughout the incident. All prisoners were placed in the holding cells.
A case of attempted escape and assault on an officer would be investigated, said Maluleke. – Sapa
Source: Mail & Guardian Online