Estranged son-in-law and hitman charged for the murder of Tshwane firefighter

  • An estranged son-in-law, and alleged hitman, were arrested in connection with the murder of a Tshwane firefighter.
  • Sonile Mnguni was gunned down earlier this year outside the Bronkhorstspruit fire station, 50km east of Pretoria.
  • The daughter of Mnguni said she was seeking justice for her mother. 

An estranged son-in-law, and alleged hitman, appeared in the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrate’s Court on Monday for the murder of Tshwane firefighter Sonile Mnguni.

Mnguni was gunned down earlier this year outside the Bronkhorstspruit fire station, 50km east of Pretoria.

A breakthrough in investigations led to the arrest of estranged son-in-law and taxi boss, Frans Letsoalo, 51, and alleged hitman, Sizwe Nhlapho, 28, on Friday.

The duo appeared in court where their case was held over for a formal bail application.

According to Mnguni’s daughter Deliwe Letsoalo the arrest of her estranged husband has left her feeling betrayed.

Letsoalo said her estranged husband bought them groceries for the funeral.

“[H]e showed sympathy while in actual fact he was there to make sure his wishes came through,” she said.

The passing of Mnguni has since left Letsoalo with endless questions.

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Letsoalo said she still chose to remember the memories she has of her mother.

“She was my pillar of strength, best friend, and sister not just my mother.”

Letsoalo said her mother was a selfless, sweet, humble and generous person. She was a dreamer, an academic and a hustler, full of life and ever bubbly, Letsoalo said.

She added:

We’ve had our fair share of misunderstandings but in the end we were able to put our differences aside and formed the strongest bond ever. She loved me wholeheartedly till death.

Letsoalo said she seeks nothing but justice for her mother.

The Hawks allege that on 16 February firefighter Mnguni was at her workplace at the Tshwane Fire Department in Bronkhorstspruit when she was fatally shot by unknown gunmen.

On 20 May, Hawks’ teams, Crime Against the State (CATS), and Tactical Operational Management Section (TOMS), as well as crime intelligence arrested the pair.

The two were both arrested in their respective homes, one was in Krugersdorp and the other in Soweto, said Hawks spokesperson Warrant Officer Bonnie Nxumalo.