Father and son sentenced for murder

Schalk Myburgh (52) and his son Schalk Myburgh Jnr (29) from the Sanddrift area near Brits were both sentenced to 22 years imprisonment by the Gauteng High Court for the murder of a 55-year-old man in 2015.

The men were found guilty of driving over Rickson Morake Mavula on 29 December 2015.

“It was revealed during court proceedings that on the day of his death, Mavula, accompanied by his three children, drove his vehicle to look for one of his goats which had drowned in a dam,” said police spokesperson, Col Adéle Myburgh.

“The Mavulas were busy rescuing their goat, when two men approached them and blocked the way by parking their vehicle in front of the family’s car. Mavula was then accused of theft of the goat and subsequently assaulted.”

She said during the assault Mavula fell down and Schalk Myburgh Jnr got in the vehicle and drove over Mavula. “The accused left Mavula motionless and went to a nearby farm where they related the story to the owner,” she said.

According to Captain Myburgh the father and son went to the police station the next day where they reported that they had been attacked by a group of approximately 10 people.

“Preliminary investigation was conducted and the pair were arrested on Sunday, 10 January 2016 as a result of evidence provided by Mavula’s 15 year-old son, who witnessed the incident.”

Both men pleaded not guilty, stating that Mavula attacked them.

Schalk Senior is to serve 17 years imprisonment, with five years to be suspended, while his son will serve 19 years imprisonment as three years were suspended.

Judge Tshifhiwa Maumela said during the sentence that he had taken into account that the murder was not premeditated and that both were first time offenders and the breadwinners of their families.