Nhlanhla Lux Mohlauli, the leader of Operation Dudula Movement, has received sentences for breaking into a house with the intent to steal and causing damage to property.
This judgment was made in the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court on August 23, 2023.
The National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) spokesperson, Phindi Mjonondwane, shared that Mohlauli was given suspended sentences.
He was sentenced to two years in prison, completely suspended for three years, on the condition that he avoids any conviction related to housebreaking.
Additionally, he received a five-year prison term, also wholly suspended for three years, on the condition of avoiding any conviction for malicious property damage during the suspension period.
As an added condition, the court instructed Mohlauli to pay R9,500 in cash to the complainant, Victor Ramarafe, by August 24, 2023, at 1:00 PM, to cover the damages to his property.
During the court proceedings, prosecutor Linda Duma emphasized the importance of deterring lawlessness and ensuring citizens seek protection through the courts.
Mjonondwane confirmed that Ramarafe received compensation, and the proof of payment was presented in court on August 24, 2023.
The NPA views the sentence as a positive step in upholding the rule of law and encourages citizens to report suspicious activities to law enforcement authorities instead of taking matters into their own hands.
Mjonondwane extended credit to Sergeant Thivhineli Sydney Phungo and Mr. Duma for their collaborative efforts that led to the successful prosecution.
Mohlauli’s arrest followed a complaint lodged with the Dobsonville South African Police Service (SAPS) on March 24, 2022. The complaint stated that members of the Dudula Movement had visited Ramarafe’s house in Dobsonville, Soweto, on March 20, 2022, in search of drugs.