After months of hearing testimony from both sets of legal representations, the South Gauteng High Court has ruled on the case of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) student who stood accused of murdering his flatmate.
According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Siphamandla Gamede tried by all means to defeat the ends of justice when he murdered his friend and flatmate, Nkosinathi Ngema.
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How did University of Johannesburg student murder his flatmate?
Ngema lived with his brother at the Cherry Manor Complex in Roodepoort, Johannesburg, and had taken Gamede in as a flatmate. Their friendship appeared to be normal but on 10 January, both of their lives would change forever.
One of the last people to see Ngema alive was his brother. He had left the two in the apartment to go to work on that fateful morning. His account of the events that day suggests that Ngema was asleep at the time.
“Later that day, Gamede hit Ngema with a hammer and then stabbed him to death. When the brother came back from work, he found blood inside the flat and the accused lied, [saying] that Ngema had been [killed] during a robbery,” the NPA wrote in a statement.
What was the motive behind the murder?
When it was found that Gamede’s story did not match the forensic evidence, he was placed under arrest. The 25-year-old Bachelor of Mathematics undergraduate pleaded guilty to all charges.
However, it was never revealed what the motive behind the senseless murder was.
Ngema’s family testified at Gamede’s sentencing, pleading with Judge Mohamed Ismail to consider the impact the murder has had on their lives. Things were so bad Ngema’s brother was forced to resign from his job due to the trauma of the incident.
Judge Ismail, though, did consider the fact that this was Gamede’s first offence, and thus sentenced the 25-year-old to 15 years in jail, with an additional two years for “attempting to obstruct the administration of justice.”
Gamede will be due for release in 2036. He will be 42 years old.