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Former Security Guard Sentenced to 20 Years for Murder During July Unrest



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Amid the aftermath of the July 2021 civil unrest, an ex-security guard found himself sentenced to 20 years in prison for the murder of Lindani Mthethwa in Verulam. Once, a security guard, Joel Pillay, faced judgment at the Scottburgh High Court for the crime. Jacaranda FM reports that prosecutors detailed that Mthethwa fell victim to gunfire while strolling along Ireland Street.

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Natasha Kara, KZN NPA spokesperson, revealed that Pillay, driving a private security company vehicle, passed Mthethwa before fatally shooting him. His status as a first-time offender influenced the court’s decision to sentence him to 20 years instead of life imprisonment. Consequently, Pillay was stripped of his firearm privileges. The NPA expressed appreciation for the collective efforts of the prosecution and involved parties in achieving the conviction.

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