Klerksdorp car dealership shooter to be sentenced in May

Sentencing proceedings in the case against a man convicted of the murder of Mohamed Dangor, 30, owner of the Speedy Car Sales dealership in Klerksdorp, have been postponed.

The High Court of South Africa; The North West Division, sitting at Klerksdorp Regional Court, postponed sentencing of 39-year-old Confidence Sekgoro until May 11, 2022.

Sekgoro was found guilty of one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder following the 2019 shooting.

Henry Mamothame of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said the case was due for sentencing on April 11, 2022, but that has now changed.

“Her defense team requested a postponement to allow the probation officer to receive Sekgoro’s medical report and for her to submit a full report in preparation for sentencing.”

Sekgoro bought a car from Speedy Car Sales in April 2019 and then complained about some flaws on the vehicle which the dealer obliged and took it back for inspection.

Mamothame said the inspection results, however, showed no faults with the car and the dealer ordered Sekgoro to pay the freight charges before they could return his car to him.

“He then addressed himself to the High Court of the South; North West Division urgently to have his car returned to him. The court, however, rejected his request and the case was struck out.

Dissatisfied, Sekgoro returned to Speedy Car Sales on November 11, 2019 to collect his motor vehicle and confronted sales manager Mehboob Soomra, 36, who told him to pay the transportation costs.

Mamothame said Sekogoro was ordered to wait for Dangor.

“Sekgoro then went to the office of the deceased, who was in the company of Yusuf Ally (61), an argument ensued before he started shooting at them. He chased Soomra into the showroom and shot him. Dangor was pronounced dead at the scene. Soomra and Ally were rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment after sustaining serious injuries.

Following this shooting, Sekgoro asked for directions to the police station, surrendered and was later granted a bond of R10,000 which was revoked after he was found guilty on all three counts.

Mamothame said Sekgoro claims he acted in self-defense because Dangor had a gun, he threatened to shoot him and another person from the dealership shot him during this ordeal.

“This submission was, however, rejected by the State, through video footage which was accepted by the court as evidence. Judge AJ Makoti, also concurred with the State, as no danger signs were was reflected in the footage against the defendant.An expert was also called to testify as to the authenticity of the footage.

The district attorney, attorney Riekie Krause, further argued that Sekgoro’s action was premeditated, which the court accepted.

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