July 22 2009 at 03:51PM
A 22-year-old man who recruited and led an armed gang to attack his former employer, was on Wednesday jailed for life by Pietermaritzburg Judge Ron McLaren.
Sibonelo Thandazonke Duma pleaded guilty to the murder and attempted robbery of KwaZulu-Natal Midlands farmer, Alan Rowe.
"One of the perpetrators was carrying a military weapon. There was no chance of him [Rowe] surviving the attack.
"Even though Duma was not armed he played a pivotal role in leading the gang to his former employer," McLaren said.
The Pietermaritzburg High Court heard that Duma and his six member gang, which he recruited from a KwaMashu hostel, waited for Rowe to return to his farm in Rietvlei after dark on May 13, this year.
When he arrived, one of the members made a noise to deliberately attract his attention.
One of them then fired several shots at Rowe.
Duma received five years for attempting to rob the farmer.
Judge McLaren said the prevalent farm attacks had far-reaching effects on the rural community and on society as a whole.
Three others arrested in connection with the murder were to appear in the Greytown Magistrate's Court soon. - Sapa