Man sentenced to six years for murder of KZN elderly couple

Man sentenced to six years for murder of KZN elderly couple

One of the men who killed an elderly couple in northern KwaZulu-Natal has been sent to jail six years after the crime.

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Thanda Zulu had been arrested along with two accomplices, but he escaped from police custody and was on the run for three years.

Sixty-nine-year-old Nhlanhla Shange and his 67-year-old wife - Mable were shot and killed at a taxi rank in Empangeni in 2014.

The couple's personal belongings were also stolen.

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Zulu and his two friends - Njabulo Buthelezi and Sibonelo Xulu were arrested on the same day of the killing.

But Zulu later escaped from custody.

While he was on the run - his accomplices were found guilty of murder and each sentenced to life imprisonment.

Zulu's luck ran out in 2017 when police finally caught up with him.

His trial wrapped up on Wednesday this week - when the Mthunzini High Court gave him life on each of the two counts of murder - and a 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances. 

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