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SA woman hires men to murder ex-lover in Harare, assassins caught by soldiers

03/02/2018 00:00:00
by Court Reporter

TWO Johannesburg-based men who came to Zimbabwe to kill and rob a local doctor on instructions of his jilted South African lover have been caged for two years.

Fanuel Machando, 42, of house No. 903 Vilakazi Street, Poortye Vaalrand in Johannesburg and his neighbour, Elliot Ratema, 34, were convicted of conspiracy to commit murder by a Harare magistrate, Josephine Sande.

Despite being of Zimbabwean origin from Gutu, Machando tried to stall the trial saying he didn’t understand Shona.

Prosecutor Sebastian Mutizirwa proved that on November 26 last year the duo sneaked into Zimbabwe from South Africa armed with a 9mm Star pistol that had erased serial numbers.

Machando and Ratema had been given information about Tichaona Shonhiwa’s whereabouts and wanted to rob him in Vainona on instructions from Zanale Nkosi.

When the two arrived in Harare, they sought shelter from a squatter camp in Groombridge where they carried out surveillance on their target.

A man residing at the camp saw one of the accused persons holding a firearm in public and informed soldiers who apprehended the two and recovered the pistol.

They confessed that they had been sent to attack Shonhiwa and were surrendered to the police.

In passing her sentence, Sande said offences involving use of weapons were on the rise and the pair had premeditated the offence and crossed the border into Zimbabwe to commit a crime.

She said it was court’s duty to send a clear message to would be offenders by giving the two a custodial sentence.

Nkosi, who is a South African national, is wanted by the police over this case.


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