For her role in a scheme with her boyfriend to murder her husband, a lady faces 27 years in prison.
On Tuesday, August 16, 2022, Mapula Florah Manaka, a South African woman, was given a life sentence for her role in the incident that led to the death of her husband, Archie Manaka.
Flora, 40, and her boyfriend, both of whom worked as IT specialists in Polokwane, were accused of plotting the murder of Archie, 43, in the Limpopo High court.
In what is suspected to have been a home invasion, the victim was attacked and stabbed multiple times on April 8, 2020, in his home in Moletjie, Ga-Makweya, in the Seshego policing district just outside the City of Polokwane.
Upon police arrival, the victim’s wife told them that three men broke into their home, beat her husband, stole an undisclosed sum of money and a laptop computer, and then fled the scene.
The police have opened a case of murder and robbery. A manhunt and police inquiry followed.
The inquiry was led by a Special Task Force made up of the Provincial Tracking Team, the Provincial Investigation Unit, and the Provincial Crime Intelligence Unit.
Agrinate Makhubela, 27, his girlfriend’s boyfriend, and their collaborator, a 30-year-old man, were all arrested a few months after the murder.
Successfully opposing bail, the investigating officer Detective Sergeant Noko Mashitisho of the Provincial Investigation Unit ensured that the accused remained in detention until the conclusion of trial. The third suspect now works as a government witness.
Meanwhile, Agrinate Makhubela, the accused woman’s boyfriend, has yet to have his case resolved in court.
For the murder, the defendant received a 20-year sentence, and for the conspiracy, he received an additional 7 years.
The defendant will effectively spend 20 years in prison because his sentences will run consecutively.