Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, a key figure in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial, has received a 10-year prison term in an unrelated legal case. This verdict was delivered in the Thembisa magistrate’s court, where Sibiya faced charges related to drug dealing and possession of ammunition.
Sibiya’s legal troubles began in May 2020 when authorities arrested him on charges of drug-related offences and illegal possession of ammunition. In December of the same year, he was convicted of drug possession, although he was acquitted of drug dealing charges. Additionally, he was found guilty of possessing illegal ammunition.
Sibiya’s Lack of Remorse Raises Concerns
During the sentencing hearing, Sibiya’s defence attorney, Morgan Masegela, urged the court to consider specific factors. One of these factors was that Sibiya’s children were residing with his parents in KwaZulu-Natal, and he financially supported them due to their mothers being unemployed. The defence sought leniency from the court.
However, the magistrate appeared unimpressed with the defence’s plea, questioning whether they were emphasizing the charges’ gravity without remorse from the accused. Prosecutor Xolani Khumalo echoed this sentiment, asserting that Sibiya had shown no remorse throughout the trial.
Non-Law Abiding Citizen
According to the magistrate, Sibiya swiftly portrayed himself briefly as a non-law-abiding citizen. Expressing concern that Sibiya posed a danger to society, the magistrate stated, “But with all due respect, sir, I have the belief that you can change.”
Sibiya received a five-year direct imprisonment sentence for the drug possession charge and an additional five-year term for illegal possession of ammunition. He was also declared unfit to possess a firearm. These sentences will run concurrently with his current 12-year sentence. Sibiya has expressed a desire to appeal while awaiting his appearance at the Pretoria High Court on Monday for the Meyiwa trial.