Two hijackers sentenced to 79 years, third absconds on R1k bail

South African Police Service

Two hijackers sentenced to 79 years, third absconds on R1k bail
Two hijackers sentenced to 79 years, third absconds on R1k bail

Two suspects, ages 22 and 28 were on Friday, 31 August 2018 appeared before the Magistrates’ Court at Tembisa. They were both sentenced to 79 years. The two men together with their friends were terrorising the community of Tembisa by hijacking their cars.

During the month of March 2016 at MQantsa section, they approached a man who was sitting in the car with his girlfriend. They pointed them with a firearm. The woman was robbed of her wrist watch, cell phones and a ring. They forced them out of the car and drove off in their car.

In May 2016 they hijacked three cars from different people at different sections. At Hospital view they accosted a 67 year old pensioner who was with his wife who is also a pensioner. When he was about to open the gate at Remembrance Street he was pointed with a firearm. The 67 year old man tried to fight them. They overpowered him. His wife and granddaughter managed to get out of the vehicle.

The three men get into the vehicle and drove. Another car was robbed from its owner at Esiphethweni section. The victim was on her way to a school parent meeting. The three men approached her and took her car.

A Ford Bantam was hijacked at Inxiweni from the owner while he visited his cousin. He parked his car on the street. When he get out of the car, they approached him and robbed him of the vehicle. Members of the community who witnessed the incident came forward with information.

Colonel Nthipe Boloka who was the Detective Commander by then and his team worked tirelessly until they arrested the three men. They were connected to the three Tembisa cases and one of Tembisa South policing area of carjackings. One of them was later given bail. Since then he was never seen and did not attend court.

The fourth suspect was arrested this year and charged with the four car jackings and robbery. He is still appearing before the magistrate to answer on the charges of carjackings.

On Friday, Lindokuhle Mtungwa (22) and Sphiwe Biyeni (28) appeared before the Magistrates’ Court at Tembisa. They were both found guilty and sentenced to 79 years. They were found guilty on seven counts:

count 1. Carjacking – 15 years imprisonment, count 2 carjacking – 15 years imprisonment, count 3 pointing of firearm -2 years imprisonment, count 4 carjacking – 15 years imprisonment, count 5 carjacking – 15 years imprisonment, count 6 robbery aggravating – 15 years imprisonment and count 7 – pointing of firearm – 2 years imprisonment. The sentence from count 2 to 7 are to run concurrently with the sentence imposed on count 2. They will be serving 30 years behind bars each. No further condition was issued.

The Cluster Commander of Ekurhuleni North, General Vincent Leshabane congratulated the Station Commander of Tembisa South, Colonel Nthipe Boloka and the investigating officer detective Sergeant Wisane Mabale for ensuring that the suspects are brought to book. The conviction will serve as a deterrent to other perpetrators who are terrorizing the community in Tembisa and Tembisa South Policing areas.

The police are still looking for the suspect who failed appear before the magistrate as he promised when his bail application was granted.

South Africa Today – South Africa News

SOURCESouth African Police Service