Their sentences were handed down by the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
When he demanded payment they attacked and killed him.
Sithole’s brutal murder was documented by Sunday Times journalist, James Oatway. The photojournalist later helped transport the victim to a hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.
Bhengu, Accused number 1, was handed the 17-year sentence, while Mzimela, Acused number 2, was given 10 years.
Magistrate Lucas van der Schyff told the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court Sithole’s murder was “senseless and brutal” as he wasn’t armed at the time.
He said the minimum sentence did not suffice for Bhengu, who already has a criminal record, is a danger to society and should be removed from society for a long time. Court may deviate from the minimum sentence if there are compelling reasons to do so.
Accused number 3, a minor, was released on probation, and under supervision on condition that he fulfils probation requirements and reports to court. If he doesn’t comply, he must appear in court again and could be imprisoned. He’d been convicted of assault and robbery in the incident.