Information from the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has it that an Mpumalanga Constable has been imprisoned for blasting his friend’s skull with his State firearm.

The Mpumalanga Constable was yesterday sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for murder.

The Mpumalanga Division of the Gauteng High Court sentenced the 40 year old Constable, Mfanufikile Leonard Mkhonza to 12 years imprisonment for the murder of Mr Mduduzi Charles Zulu.

From our gatherings, Zulu was 24 years old at the time of his death and, the Constable was stationed at the Organised Crime Unit of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) in Mpumalanga.

IPID related that Zulu’s death happened on the 12th of December 2015.

“…The deceased and the accused (friends) were drinking together and went to a Supermarket in the Pienaar area, in Nelspruit.

“It was alleged that the accused was playing with his State firearm and cocked the firearm and then removed the magazine. (When) the deceased…confronted the accused about playing with his firearm, the accused…pointed his firearm at the deceased’s head and pulled the trigger.

“The round that was still in the chamber was discharged and hit the deceased in the head. The deceased was rushed to the nearby hospital by witnesses, but was declared dead on arrival,” IPID narrated.

After-that, IPID started investigating the case. Constable Mkhonza was subsequently arrested and dragged to court. The case was transferred to the Gauteng High Court for trial which commenced on the 6th of  February 2017.

With that, Constable Mkhonza was found guilty of murder on the 14th of February 2017.

“…The presiding judge immediately revoked the accused’s bail and placed him in custody pending the sentencing. The accused appeared in the same court on 3rd March 2017 and was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for murder,” IPID added.