Man Will Spend Lifetime in Jail After Gunning Down a Father in Front of His Kids


According to reports, Spamandla Buthelezi will spend the rest of his life in jail for gunning down Durban father Kelly Chetty in front of his children, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Thursday.

Buthelezi was sentenced to life imprisonment and 136 years in the Durban High Court this week for robberies, attempted murders and the murders he committed in January 2016 as well as May and June 2018, NPA spokesperson Natasha Kara said.

On May 31, 2018, Buthelezi and two other men robbed a fresh produce shop in Avoca taking money, cellphones, and cigarettes.

Chetty was seated in his car, with his two children, outside the shop when the robbers escaped. They shot him in an attempt to use his car as a getaway vehicle, however, they were unable to start the car and hijacked another vehicle in the vicinity.

In welcoming the sentence, the director of public prosecutions in KwaZulu Natal, advocate Elaine Zungu, said: “All citizens have a right to occupy their homes and businesses without interference and illegal invasions. We will continue to vigorously deal with these matters. Commendations on the prosecution.”