A Tanzanian National Julies Lucas aged 37 who was convicted of murdering actor Sibusiso Kwinene appeared in the Pretoria High Court on Wednesday,11 May 2022 where he was sentenced to 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances and eight years of contravening the immigration Act, after it was found that he was in South Africa illegally.
Judge Portia Phahlane ordered that after serving his sentence, Lucas should be deported back to his country of origin and that the copy of the judgment should be made available to the National Director of Public Prosecutions, the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services and the Minister of Home Affairs.
National Prosecuting Authority Regional spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana says on 01 March 2019 Khwinana, his friends, Tibatso Mashishi and his lady friend had gone to Stirland Mall in Arcadia to watch the premiere of the movie “Matwetwe”, where the deceased was a lead actor.
He says Sibusiso ran after Lucas after he snatched his phone, during the struggle Lucas stabbed him on the chest with a sharp object and fled the scene. Upon ambulance’s arrival they declared him dead on the scene.
In his victim impact statement Khwinana’s father says his family is not coping with the loss of their son, both emotionally and physically, as he now struggles to sleep and that his health and his wife’s has deteriorated since the passing of their son.
He furthermore says it is not easy for a father to bury his own son especially when he did not die of natural causes, but was killed unnecessarily because of greed.