Limpopo Woman Sentenced For 27 Years For Husband’s Murder

The Limpopo High Court has sentenced a woman to 27 years imprisonment for orchestrating the murder of her husband Archie Manaka aged 43 during an incident that occurred in April 2020.

Limpopo Woman Sentenced For 27 Years For Husband’s Murder

The deceased’s wife, Mapula Florah Manaka and her boyfriend reportedly plotted the murder against her husband who was an IT Specialist in Polokwane.


According to the police, on 8 April 2020, the husband was attacked and stabbed several times at his home in Moletjie, Ga-Makweya, in the Seshego policing area outside the City of Polokwane during what was believed to be a house robbery.

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When the police arrived at the scene, the deceased’s wife reported that three unknown suspects forcefully entered the house, attacked her husband and took an undisclosed amount of money, laptop and fled the scene. Cases of murder and robbery were opened. The Police investigations and manhunt for the suspects involved ensued.

A Special Task Team comprising the Provincial Tracking Team, Provincial Investigation Unit and Provincial Crime Intelligence Unit was established and spearheaded the investigation.

Spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Mamphaswa Seabi said the deceased’s wife, her boyfriend, Agrinate Makhubela aged 27 and his accomplice aged 30, were arrested a few months after the incident.

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Seabi said the investigating officer Detective Sergeant Noko Mashitisho attached to the Provincial Investigation Unit successfully opposed bail and the accused were kept in custody until the finalisation of trial. The third accused has since turned into a state witness and the case against the accused’s boyfriend Agrinate Makhubela, is yet to be finalised in court.

The wife was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment  for murder and 7 years for conspiracy to commit murder. The sentences will run concurrently, meaning the accused will serve an effective 20 years imprisonment.

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