A former Limpopo Police Captain, attached to the Modjadjiskloof Station, has been sentenced to 13 years for murder and attempted murder.

Dennis Paradise Nghunyulu [59] was convicted by the Giyani Regional Court for the murder of 23-year-old Osi Mkhabela. Also for the attempted murder of his elder brother aged 26.

This follows an incident that took place at the accused’s tavern at Makosha Village in Giyani on Saturday, 18 May 2019.

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The court heard the accused was about to close his tavern in the early hours at about 01h00 when a fight ensued between him and a customer. In the process, the accused took his wife’s licensed firearm and shot the customer and his brother.

Police were notified. The first victim, Osi Mkhabela was certified dead on the scene by the paramedics. His brother survived and was transported to the local hospital for medical treatment.

Former Police captain at Modjadjiskloof, Limpopo Station gets 13 years for murder
Giyani entrance

The incident caused the community to go on a rampage and the following day they barricaded roads while others went to the accused’s tavern and torched it along with his vehicles.


The accused later handed himself to the Police. He appeared before the local Magistrate’s Court on 02 June 2019 where he was granted bail.

On 02 June 2023, the accused was found guilty of murder and attempted murder. On Friday 21 July 2023, the court subsequently sentenced Nghunyulu to 10 years imprisonment for murder and 3 years imprisonment for attempted murder.

The court ordered the sentences to run concurrently. The case has been handled by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate(IPID).

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has welcomed the sentences. She hopes it sends a strong message that no one is above the law.