Two suspects receive hefty sentences robbing a police officer

South African Police Service

Two suspects receive hefty sentences robbing a police officer
Two suspects receive hefty sentences robbing a police officer

The South African Police Service Management in the Eastern Cape is gratified with the lengthy sentences handed down to the accused of police attacks and robbery.

The efforts of the investigators were rewarded when the Mqanduli Regional Court sentenced Aviwe Siswana and Inganathi Jika, both 24, to serve an effective twenty years and fifteen years imprisonment, respectively, for robbing a police officer and taking his service pistol three years ago.

The sentences followed lengthy investigation after an off duty police officer was involved in a motor vehicle accident on the night of 20 June 2015 near the town of Mqanduli. While the injured cop was trying to walk the police station to report the accident, he was accosted by Siswana and Jika who pointed him with a firearm and robbed him of his service pistol and fled.

The pistol was only recovered a year later at the home of Siswana’s girlfriend, who later turned state witness.

“SAPS Management is content with the sentences which are a result of the quality investigative work by our Detectives together with the consultation and effective collaboration with National Prosecuting Authority. Attacks on police officials cannot be taken lightly anymore and any person who attack and/or robs a police official will face the full might of the law”, said Lt Gen Ntshinga.

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