The North West Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena welcomed the 40 years imprisonment sentence handed down to the 40-year-old Nkululeko Kraai by the North West High Court sitting in Klerksdorp on Tuesday, 7 July 2020.
The sentencing came after the accused was apprehended on Sunday, 28 April 2019, in connection with the kidnapping, robbery and murder of Isaac Tlhapi.
It was reported that Tlhapi (44) who was a teacher at Wolmaransstad, was seen leaving a local tavern with three men on Thursday, 25 April 2019. Tlhapi’s family ultimately reported him missing the following day after he failed to come back home. Consequently, his silver Nissan Qashqai vehicle was found abandoned in Soweto, Gauteng Province on Saturday, 27 April 2019 while one of the men who were last seen with the victim, was arrested. The 23-year-old man who later became a state witness, then led the police to Nkululeko Kraai in Delareyville. He further took the police to a place along Wolmaransstad / Leedoringstad road where Tlhapi’s body was discovered with multiple stab wounds.
The accused who has been behind bars ever since his arrest, was also declared unfit to possess a firearm in terms of Section 103 of the Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act No. 60 of 2000).
Lieutenant General Sello Kwena, congratulated the Wolmaransstad detectives who worked around the clock to collect enough evidence which resulted in the conviction and sentencing of the accused.