Notorious SVK gang members sentenced to double life after Ficksburg murders

Notorious SVK gang members sentenced to double life after Ficksburg murders
Notorious SVK gang members sentenced to double life after Ficksburg murders. Image source: Pixabay

The Provincial Organised Crime Unit ensures that two gang members are removed from the innocent community after they were slapped with double lifetime imprisonment sentences each.

On 11 August 2021, Teboho Matona, who was 32 years old, was fatally shot by the “Stout van Kak” SVK gang members in Meqheleng. Ficksburg police were called to the scene and a case of murder was opened for further investigation

Friday, 11 March 2022 at about 20:00 Phathaki Stoffel (32) attacked and fatally shot Mr Ntisa Theko (40) at the deceased’s place of residence in Meqheleng, Ficksburg

The same day, at about 23:00, Stoffel, together with his accomplice Jampo Khabane (30), shot and killed another victim, Moeketsi Masilo (25) in the street near the local Tavern. Two cases of murder were opened by Ficksburg police for further investigation and a manhunt was launched.

On 05 May 2022 at about 23:00, Phathaki Stoffel stabbed a 30-year-old male, a 34-year-old female and a 32-year-old male while at a Tavern in Meqheleng. The three were rushed to the hospital with deep lacerations, but they survived the attack. Three cases of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm were opened for further investigation.

All cases were transfared and taken over by the Free State Provincial Organised Crime Unit, and Sergeant Thabo Sejake was entrusted with their investigation.

Investigations led to the arrest of Phathaki Stoffel and Jampo Khabane on 19 May 2022 after the investigating team received information on their whereabouts in Meqheleng. Both Stoffel and Khabane are reportedly members of the SVK Gang and their victims are believed to be members of the rival group called Terene.

Investigations revealed that these brutal killings are suspected to be a fight for turf and revenge among the two rival gangs.

After the completion of investigations as guided by the prosecutor and Advocate Lefalake Dansi Mpemvane, the case was transferred from the Ficksburg Magistrate Court to the Free State High Court in Bloemfontein.

Both Phathaki Stoffel and Jampo Khabane were sentenced to three life terms each for three murders and 17 years each for attempted murder and taking part in gang activities. Because some sentences were ordered to run concurrently, the duo will serve two life sentences each.

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