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29 September 2021

Mooinooi – The family of a woman who was murdered in Mooinooi on Friday 8 January 2019 during an armed robbery, can finally start to find closure after the South Gauteng High Court handed a hefty sentence to the 28-year-old man responsible for the killing. 


Edmore Chirongoma was handed a life sentence and 53 years while his 24-year-old accomplice Moses Philip Mhlanga was sentenced to 17 years on Friday 17 September.


Chirongoma was found guilty of housebreaking, murder, attempted murder, theft of a motor vehicle and contravening the immigration and firearms control acts. Mhlanga was convicted on charges of theft of a motor vehicle, attempted murder and contravening the immigration act. 


Chirongoma will be behind bars for at least 25 years while Mhlanga will serve an effective 14 years. The state successfully proved how the duo robbed victims of their vehicles in 2019 during two separate incidents in Mooinooi.     


On 8 January 2019, the duo unlawfully entered a house in Bapong. They threatened a man, his wife and a child with a firearm and demanded the keys of the couple’s white Mazda Drifter. Shots were fired and the duo fled in the Mazda.

“The victim’s wife, who sustained a gunshot wound in the stomach, was rushed to hospital but succumbed to her injuries,” police spokesperson colonel Adéle Myburgh said. 


Two days after the armed robbery, Chirongoma and Mhlanga were arrested in Hartbeespoortdam. They were traveling in a Toyota Corolla which they had stolen from another victim in Mooinooi. 

Under the steer of constable Leonard Mapataka of Mooinooi Detectives, investigations led to the successful arrest of the duo. 

 

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