Klerksdorp car dealer shooter sentenced to life imprisonment

The North West High Court, sitting at Klerksdorp Regional Court, on Friday sentenced Confidence Sekgoro to life imprisonment for premeditated murder.

Sekgoro, 40, was also sentenced to five years in prison for each of two counts of attempted murder.

His conviction relates to a shooting at a car dealership in Klerksdorp in 2019, where he killed one person and injured two others.

Sekgoro had bought a car from Speedy Car Sales in April 2019 in Klerksdorp, which he drove to Mahikeng, where he resided.

Later he complained about some faults on the car.

The dealer agreed to inspect it and brought the car back for a mechanical check at Klerksdorp at a cost of around R4,700.

“The inspection results however showed no defects on the car as it had been serviced previously.

“The dealer ordered Sekgoro to pay the transport costs before he could return his car to him,” said the spokesman for the National Prosecutor’s Office, Henry Mamothame.

Sekgoro then urgently applied to the North West High Court to have his car returned to him.

However, his request was denied and the case was struck out.

On November 11, 2019, Sekgoro went to the dealership to collect his motor vehicle but the sales manager, Mehboob Soomra, told him to pay the transport costs before he could collect it.

Sekgoro was ordered to wait for Mohamed Dangor, the concession owner’s son.

Sekgoro went to Dangor’s office, who was in the company of Yusuf Ally. An argument ensued and he started shooting at them.

Sekgoro then chased Soomra around the showroom and shot him as well.

“Dangor was pronounced dead at the scene, while Soomra and Ally were rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment, after sustaining serious gunshot wounds.”

Sekgoro surrendered to the police and was later released on R10,000 bail.

Bail was revoked after he was convicted on all three counts.

Sekgoro claimed he acted in self-defense as Dangor reached for a gun, threatening to shoot him.

He also claimed to have heard gunshots fired inside the compound.

“This submission was, however, rejected by the state, thanks to video footage which was accepted by the court as evidence,” Mamothame said.

The court, however, allowed Sekgoro to appeal the premeditated murder conviction.

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