MEC Social Development welcomes conviction in Deacon murder case
POLOWKANE – MEC for Social Development Dr Dickson Masemola said the murders of Lizette and Hettie Deacon have firmly shone a spotlight on unnecessary violence against vulnerable groups in society, especially women and children.
Masemola’s remarks follow the sentencing of Lazarus Mahlo to 22 years in prison by the High Court of Limpopo: Polokwane Division on Tuesday August 2, after he pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated robbery, as well as to two counts of murder.
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“It is significant that this sentence comes during the commemoration of Women’s Month – a month in which we usually celebrate the advances of women, but in which we must now redouble our efforts against GBV, a second pandemic which continues to ravage South African communities,” he said.
Mahlo, has reached a plea agreement with the State and will become a State witness and testify against Sophie Mmako and Casper Mudau when they return to the High Court from January 16-27, 2023.
Attorney Kobus Jacobs, in an aggravated sentence, said the deaths of Hettie and Lizette could have been avoided and the family of the deceased lost a mother, wife, daughter, grandmother and members of their families who have played a very important role in their lives. He added the offenses emanating from greed.
Masemola commended the South African Police Service and the National Prosecuting Authority for their investigative and prosecuting efforts.
“We want to encourage them to show the same vigorous energy in every case of GBV they come across and we hope this sentencing will bring the final touch to the loved ones of deacons,” he said.