The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena, welcomed the two life sentences and 15 years imprisonment handed down to a 35-year-old Netshiongolwe Pfunzo in connection with two counts of murder and a count of robbery aggravating.
The sentences were delivered at the North West High Court sitting in Klerksdorp on Thursday, 09 July 2020. The sentencing came after the accused was arrested on Friday, 1 December 2017, for the brutal double murder of an elderly couple at their residential place in Potchefstroom.
It came out during the court proceedings that the victims’ vehicle was stolen during the attack. However, while trying to escape with the vehicle, the accused was involved in an accident outside Potchefstroom. The quick response of the police led to the apprehension of the accused at the scene. The accused has been behind bars since his arrest and he was declared unfit to possess a firearm in terms of Section 103 of the Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act No. 60 of 2000).
Lieutenant General Sello Kwena applauded Potchefstroom detectives for the excellent investigation which resulted in the maximum sentence. Furthermore, he said that the sentence will serve as an indication that those who do the crime, will do the time in jail.
Source: South African Police Service