On Monday, the 5th of October 2020, the Verulam Regional Court sentenced Richard Zulu, 52, to life incarceration for murder, four years for possession of an unlicensed gun, and one year for possession of unlicensed ammo.
The sentence originated after the court heard how he killed a 33-year-old woman Zameka Rhafuza.
On the 3rd of January 2019, Tongaat police were called to a murder scene at Hilltop’s farm. Upon arrival at the spot, the body of Rhafuza was discovered in a pool of blood. She sustained various gunshots injuries on her upper body.
A case of murder was presented for investigation at Tongaat SAPS. The detectives began their investigation, and Zulu was detained at the crime scene. He also sustained a gunshot injury on his left jaw when he attempted to perform suicide after the event. The investigation showed that Rhafuza was fatally shot during a domestic disturbance by her boyfriend.
The accused had various court appearances until he was finally condemned.
The Acting KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Major General Thulani Gonya, praised the detective’s team for proffering a watertight docket that directed the criminal’s successful prosecution.