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KZN man gets 25 years in jail for kidnapping & killing cousin over Road Accident Fund money

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Xolani Mchunu, 41, was sentenced in the Pietermaritzburg High Court for kidnapping and killing his cousin, Lerato Malembe, 35.

The court heard that on 28 December 2018, Malembe was sleeping at his Swayimani home, when he heard a knock on the door from someone claiming to be the police.

The attacker broke down the door, entered the room, and assaulted Malembe. He dragged Malembe to his vehicle and drove to an unknown destination.

Later that day, a passer-by spotted the body hanging from a tree in the area and informed the police.

The victim had serious injuries to his body and a case of murder was opened.

The police investigation revealed that, in 2013, Malembe had been paid out a claim by the Road Accident Fund for serious injuries sustained in an accident.

Mchunu, who had assisted his cousin in lodging the claim, had reportedly stolen some of this money from Malembe.

Malembe had confronted Mchunu, which led to the murder, said police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala.

This infuriated the accused, who then plotted to kill Malembe.

Mchunu was arrested and found in possession of Malembe’s bank cards and ID book.

-The Citizen

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