Eleven violent gang members sentenced, Mossel Bay

South African Police Service

Eleven violent gang members sentenced, Mossel Bay
Eleven violent gang members sentenced, Mossel Bay

A significant blow was dealt to gang manifestations in Mossel Bay this week after sterling investigations resulted in the conviction of 11 accused.

Two cases of murder and two of attempted murder were registered at Kwanonqaba SAPS in March 2016.

During the investigation the POCA was employed with the aim to keep these criminals out of the community and to seize their assets gained through criminal means. The crime scene was in the Mossel Bay prison where clashes occurred between rival gangs, which left two men dead and two seriously injured.

All 11 accused were subsequently found guilty and were sentenced. Donavon May, who received the longest sentence, was found guilty on count 1 for which he received three years imprisonment under POCA. In addition, on count 2, he received 25 years for murder and on count 3 he received three years for assault. His sentences will be served over 25 years.

The other 10 accused received sentences under POCA; as well as for murder; attempted murder; and assault GBH.

They are: Moses Pikaan, Jason Bothma, Henrico Lindt, Jean Pierre Botha, Hein Piedt, Roland Jantjies, Geswin Jantjies, Wilston Wilbach, Ricaro van Zyl, and Zander Alexander.

All the sentences come to a total of 142 years imprisonment.

The investigating team is highly praised by Police Management in the Western Cape who were exceedingly pleased about the convictions and sentencing. The POCA sentencing was especially important, since it is a complex procedure.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service