Meticulous efforts by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation have resulted in the conviction and sentencing of Simphiwe Sithole-Madonsela for attempted murder of traffic officers that occurred along Republic road in Ivory Park on the evening of Sunday, 2 August 2015.
The officers were on duty and directing traffic at the intersection with traffic lights when an armed suspect emerged and started firing random shots at the officers.
Both officers sustained gun shots wounds.
They were admitted for treatment at a nearby medical facility.
During the crossfire several other people were wounded.
The case was transferred to the Hawks’ Serious Crime Investigation for further handling.
On Tuesday, 4 August 2015, Ivory Park police officers noticed a silver Chrysler with two occupants. Police attempted to stop the said vehicle for a routine search however, the driver sped-off but was intercepted nearby. Upon searching the vehicle, members recovered two unlicensed firearms without serial numbers.
The occupants were arrested and one of the firearms was linked to the traffic officers shooting incident and an earlier hijacking incident.
The Tembisa Regional Court has on Tuesday, 7 March 2023 sentenced Simphiwe Sithole-Madonsela to fifteen years for armed robbery with aggravating circumstances and another fifteen years for attempted murder and possession of unlicensed firearm.
He is to serve an effective fifteen years imprisonment.