Man convicted of robbing, killing priest in the North West sentenced to 30-years


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The man convicted of robbing and killing a Roman Catholic Church priest has been sentenced to 30-years in jail in the North West High Court in Mahikeng.

Norman Maseko of Bodibode village near Lichtenburg killed Father Joseph Hollanders in January 2020.

His co-accused Mongezi Molete received a three-year jail sentence on a theft charge.

Father Joseph Hollanders was strangled to death after his hands and legs were tied to the couch. Several of his valuables were stolen by both Maseko and Molefe.

Father Hollanders, who hails from Belgium, came to serve his Catholic Church members at Bodibe village, Sannieshof, Lichtenburg and Delareyville 55-years-ago. He wanted to live close to the rural people he served as a Catholic Priest at Bodibe village, where he was killed.

Meanwhile, one of the accused, Mokete Tlhapi was acquitted, as he was not linked to the commission of the offenses.

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