DURBAN – Two men sentenced to life imprisonment for murder of university professor


DURBAN – Yesterday, the Pietermaritzburg High Court sentenced Oscar Mkhuliseni Mthiyane (53) and Selby Nkuna (49) to life imprisonment for murder.

On 22 May 2018 at 17:15, Gregory Kamwendo (53) parked his vehicle outside one of the flats on Durford Road in Empangeni. While stationary in his vehicle he was shot and killed by two men. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds on the upper body and was declared dead at the scene. Kamwendo was a professor and the Dean in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Zululand. A case of murder was opened for investigation at Empangeni SAPS.

A thorough investigation was conducted by the investigating officer and in November 2018, a breakthrough was made. The two accused were positively identified and linked to the case. They were tried in court and made several court appearances until they were sentenced. The investigation conducted revealed that Nkuna was a lecturer working at the same institution as the deceased.

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula welcomed the sentence. “This sentence proves that the long arm of the law will find you wherever you are hiding,” he said.

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