Joburg student pleads guilty to murder of his flatmate, gets 15 years in prison

The Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg sentenced a University of Johannesburg student to fifteen years behind bars on charges of murder on Tuesday. The offender bludgeoned his flatmate with a hammer and then stabbed him to death in January this year.

The killer, named Siphamandla Gamede, aged 25, pleaded guilty to two counts of crimes including obstructing justice and premeditated murder of Nkosinathi Ngema.

Bachelor of Mathematics graduates, Gamede, Ngema and his brother, were living in a flat at Cherry Manor Complex in Roodepoort where the murder was committed. On the day of the murder, the brother had gone to work and left Gamede and Ngema still asleep in their rooms.

“When the brother came back from work, he found blood inside the flat and the accused lied that the deceased had been killed during a robbery,” National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said. “Killing of innocent human beings has reached an unprecedented level in the country. The NPA condemns such inhumane deeds and will continue to advocate for the right to life.”

During the trial, the accused stated he had killed Ngema in self-defence. The victim allegedly attacked him with a knife after finding out that Gamede had accessed his foreign exchange account and traded with it.

After the murder, Gamede cut off Ngema’s limbs and threw them into a dustbin. He also attempted to burn his friend’s body trying to get rid of the evidence.

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