The family of Wandile Bozwana, a businessman from the North West province of South Africa, is calling for the harshest possible sentence for his killers. Bozwana was assassinated in Garsfontein, a suburb of Pretoria, South Africa, in October 2015. The sentencing, initially scheduled in the Pretoria High Court, has been postponed to January 26 of 2024.
During the attack, Bozwana’s colleague, Mpho Baloyi, managed to survive but sustained multiple gunshot wounds. In June of the previous year, four men – Vusi Khekhe Mathibela, Sipho Hudla, Robert Mutapa, and Bonginkosi Khumalo – were found guilty of his murder and the attempted murder of Baloyi.
Benedict Bozwana, Wandile’s brother, is in agreement with the prosecution’s request for life imprisonment for the convicted men. He expressed the family’s desire for the strongest penalty and for justice to be served. Adding to the family’s grief, their mother, who was also murdered in August of the same year, did not live to see the perpetrators of her son’s murder brought to justice.
Themba Gwabeni, a family friend who attended the court proceedings, raised concerns that the masterminds behind Bozwana’s murder might still be free, implying that those convicted might have been merely carrying out orders. He called for those responsible to turn themselves in, emphasizing the need for justice to be fully served in this tragic case.