Two hijackers get four life prison terms after shootout in The Hill, JHB

South African Police Service

Two hijackers get four life prison terms after shootout in The Hill, JHB
Two hijackers get four life prison terms after shootout in The Hill, JHB

The leadership of the South African Police Service in Gauteng has welcomed the multiple life sentences imposed on two convicted murderers and also applauded the meticulous investigation and commitment that led to this successful conviction.

Phelani Ndlovu and Julius Nyamisani on Thursday 4 October 2018, were each sentenced to four life prison terms in the Johannesburg High Court for the 2015 murder of two security officers and two other victims following a robbery and a shootout with the police.

In July 2015, a truck was transporting cell phones from OR Tambo International Airport to Selby in Johannesburg. The truck and its escort vehicle were hijacked in Johannesburg along the Rissik off ramp by a group of armed men.

A neighbour spotted the suspects who were off loading boxes at a house in The Hill, south of Johannesburg and alerted the Community Police Forum and the police. Two responding security guards were shot and killed as they entered the gate to the said house and their firearms stolen while two police officers were also disarmed by the suspects and their unmarked vehicle keys taken from them.

Two of the four suspects were then fatally shot during a shootout with the police while the other two were taken into custody.

The trial commenced in the Johannesburg High Court in April this year, culminating in the sentencing on 4 October 2018.

Gauteng Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Deliwe de Lange congratulated the provincial team of investigators, and thanked them for the three years of dedication and diligence on this intricate case.

“The quality of investigation behind these multiple life sentences will go a long way in restoring public confidence, as well as bringing closure to the families of the victims,” cited the Provincial Commissioner.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service