Two murder sentences handed down in Cape Town High Court

Two murder sentences have been handed down in Cape Town courts on Wednesday. Franziska Blöchliger’s killer Howard Oliver got two consecutive life sentences and 15-years for robbery with aggravating circumstances.

While artist Zwelethu Mthethwa was sentenced to 18-years for the murder of sex worker, Nokuphila Kumalo.

Mthethwa kicked Khumalo more than 60 times and she eventually killed her.

Cape Talk host John Maytham, spoke to Associate Professor of Law at Wits, James Grant about these sentences.

The accused as evil as he/she might be will have led the argument in mitigation of sentence. And the Judge is required to listen to the person even though the person has done the monstrous thing.

James Grant - Associate Professor of Law at Wits

Listen the whole interview here:

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