The case which attracted almost unprecedented public interest after a wife commits a crime by hiring two assassins to kill her husband (Victor Mangaliso) in 1984, the name of that married women is Lindi Mangaliso.
According to the law and constitution of South Africa during apartheid government people were hanged after committing crime and found guilty of their action in 1980's (death penalty). However, the two hit-men who found guilty of murder were sentenced to death by the state in December 1986.
This is the Pollsmoor prison where Lindi Mangaliso was incarcerated by the state after being found guilty of murder. The court passed the final sentence on December 1986 and her husband`s abusive of her was taken into account, and Lindi was sentenced to 20 year`s imprisonment.
The Cape Town Supreme Court on May 18, 1986 was judged by Mr Justice de Kock. It charged the trial of three mentioned suspect with murder. He stated that the total evidence clearly showed that Lindi planned and arranged the attack on Mr Mangaliso with the assistance of Washington 'Manyosi" Nxawe and admitted the assailants to the house intending them to attack and kill her husband'.
Cape Town Supreme Court found Lindi Mangaliso guilty after not denying having hired the hit-men on her trial. This court is also where the charges against two hit-men, Sipho Peter and Mbuzeli Shelini were finalised in March 1986, with Mr Justice de Kock presiding.
The Investigating Officer, Captain Leonard Knipe, of the Peninsula Murder and Robbery Squad. Here is his remark after the murder happened and said “never in my experience as a policeman has there been a case which has gripped the imagination of the black community like this one.”
Sipho Peter have attacked and killed Mr Mangaliso at his house. He had brought his own knife to do the business. During the trial the court rejected his submission statement claimed that he was ill in bed on the night of the killing. On the 4th March 1989, they were reprieved and had their death sentences commuted to 20 years imprisonment by the Acting State President, Mr Chris Heunis. The reason being that `they had deliberately and willingly taken part in the heinous crime for financial…