A man has been jailed for 25 years for killing another man over a T-shirt.
Akhona Ntsokotha, a 25-year-old father of two, entered into a plea and sentence agreement with the State and admitted guilt on all the charges against him — one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, one count of intimidation and the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.
The crimes were committed over several days, from December 5 until December 13, 2015.
Ntsokotha had borrowed a T-shirt from Lukho Mazimba, who told him that the T-shirt belonged to another man, Mpendula Bam.
But Ntsokotha left Mazimba’s home wearing the T-shirt, and although he was asked to return it several times, he didn’t.
On December 5, Mazimba and Bam searched for Ntsokotha and found him wearing the T-shirt. They took it off him and left.
An angry Ntsokotha later went to find them at Mazimba’s house in Khayamandi in the Stellenbosch area.
There, he shot and injured Mazimba in the hip and grazed Bam’s ear.
A week later, Ntsokotha chased Mazimba down the street but he escaped.
In the early hours of the following morning, Ntsokotha tracked down Bam and shot him dead at the Khayamandi taxi rank.
On December 16, Ntsokotha was arrested and a 9mm semi-automatic recovered.
Western Cape High Court judge Nape Dolamo said Bam had lost his life “over a mere T-shirt”.
State prosecutor Kriban Pillay said the victim’s family was satisfied with the sentence.