Convicted murderer and hijacker, David Motlhala (27) was sentenced to life imprisonment by the North Gauteng High Court on Monday, 4 September 2020.
Motlhala was convicted for the murder of Lire Ungamo (38), a tuckshop owner in Oukasie in 2018.
“On Saturday, 7 July 2018, the deceased was routinely collecting money from his tuckshops in the Vuka section of Oukasie near Brits and after parking his white Toyota Hilux bakkie in front of the last tuckshop at about 20:00, he was approached by five suspects, two of them in possession of firearms. He was shot in the upper body, dragged out of the vehicle and thrown on the ground. He was searched and an undisclosed amount of money was taken from him,” said police spokesperson, Maria Nkabinde.
“Two of his employees inside the tuckshop heard the gunshots and decided to investigate. The suspects fired shots in the direction of the tuckshop, hitting one of the employees in the upper body. The suspects then fled the scene with Ungamo’s Toyota Hilux bakkie. Ungamo managed to contact his brother. Ungamo and his employee were transported to Brits hospital by his brother but he succumbed to his injuries and was certified dead upon arrival at the hospital.”
The vehicle was later found abandoned in the area.
Nkabinde said Morlhala was traced through fingerprints lifted from the steering wheel of the bakkie, as well as DNA evidence. He was arrested on Saturday, 3 November 2018.
Motlhala was sentenced to an additional 15 years for attempted murder, 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances, 15 years for unlawful possession of a firearm and five years for unlawful possession of ammunition.
The District Commissioner of the Brits police sector, Major General Modisagaarekwe Mosimanegape, welcomed the life sentence and commended the investigating officer, Detective Captain Bushy Mmatli, of the Brits police’s detective unit for leaving no stone unturned to ensure a successful conviction.