FREE STATE – Four BTK (Born To Kill) gang member were each sentenced to an effective 18 years’ direct imprisonment for murder.
It was on 30 September 2018 when a former BTK gang member was sitting with his friend at a fireplace in Section U, Botshabelo. At about 00:00 the deceased Malefane Nhlapho went to buy cigarette from his former gang members. Upon his arrival they assaulted him and stabbed him to death. They were accusing him of joining another gang and removing a BTK tattoo.
A case of murder was opened for investigation and Detective Sergeant Lefa Letlojane ensured that the four are denied bail.
The accused Moeketsi Letlaka 21, Retshedisitswe Raleting 25, Lehlohonolo Ntunga 22 and Tshediso Makhema were found guilty of murder.
They were each sentenced to 18 years’ direct imprisonment for murder on 01 December 2020 before Botshabelo Regional Court.