Jailed for botched CIT robbery

2012-04-06 00:00

TWO men who took part in a botched attempt to rob Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) at Newcastle were each sentenced to 12 years imprisonment, of which four years was conditionally suspen­ded yesterday.

Judge Rishi Seegobin said he took into account that the accused, Sisa Thabizolo Msimango (25) of Kingsburgh on the South Coast, and Sandile Bruce Magudulela (38) of Swaneville, Gauteng, were first offenders and had shown a fair measure of remorse by pleading guilty.

However, this did not detract from the seriousness of the crime which was motivated by greed.

According to their legal aid attorney, Ishi Khan, both men had matriculated.

After leaving school Msimango began studying civil engineering at Swinton College in Merebank, but dropped out in 2008 for financial reasons.

He then worked for a construction company which was co-owned by his father.

Magudulela, who studied marketing after matric, was working as a sales consultant.

He is married and has four children.

Judge Seegobin said robbery in whatever form is always a very serious offence.

Victims are more often than not forced into submission by violence or the threat of violence involving the use of firearms or knives.

“Many innocent people in this country have been killed in the course of robberies.

“Those who survive are frequently left maimed or carrying the psychological scars,” the judge said.

He added that not a day goes by that one does not read about such offences.

“Yesterday a woman lost her life at the nearby tote when she was brutally stabbed by a robber,” he said.

The judge was referring to the murder of Mogombal Gharib (44), who was stabbed to death at work at the Tab Gold tote in Pietermaritz street on Wednesday morning.

Her colleague Mavis Myeza was also stabbed seriously injured.

Judge Seegobin said Msimango and Magudulela could count themselves fortunate that the robbery of CPS did not succeed.

If it had there was no telling how many lives might have been lost and how much money taken.

CPS pays out pensions and grants to thousands of deserving people who would have been prejudiced along with the state if the robbery had succeeded, he said.

The two accused pleaded guilty on Wednesday.

They said in statements they were part of a gang of five who went to the CPS depot at Newcastle on March 16 dressed in police uniforms supplied by two policemen, and armed with firearms.

However they aborted the robbery and fled when challenged by security guards at a gate which they’d expected would be open.

• ingrido@witness.co.za

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