Man gets 8 years for robbing MEC

2013-03-04 10:17
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Cape Town - A man convicted of robbing Western Cape finance MEC Alan Winde of his cellphone has been sentenced to eight years in jail, it was reported on Monday.

The Cape Argus reported that the Cape Town Regional Court sentenced Xolani Dyidi to 10 years, two of them suspended for five years, for armed robbery.

Winde and his bodyguard were cycling at Paarden Island in November when they saw two men standing in the cycling lane.

Dyidi, 25, accosted Winde and he fell to the ground. His phone was snatched and his bodyguard gave chase.

Dyidi was arrested soon after, but the other suspect got away.

Magistrate Wilma van der Merwe reportedly said Dyidi's criminal record showed a complete disregard for people, their possessions and the criminal justice system.

"That road is for the Bus Rapid Transport system. It is supposed to be the flagship of how good a public transport system can be and then you go ahead and do stuff like this," Van der Merwe reportedly said.

"This crime is very, very prevalent in this court's jurisdiction."

She said similar crimes made up 72% of the total number of cases before her last year.

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