Surviving robber to serve for a stretch

2018-01-18 06:00
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A 50 year old man was sentenced to 22 years in jail at the Khayelitsha Magistrates Court on Monday for his part in a foiled ATM attack in Nyanga.

Mbulelo Zolile Mbatyazwa , the late Thabiso Shandu and a group of armed suspects confronted G4S security guards who were loading cash at Nyanga Junction Mall on 3 September in 2013.

Hawks spokesman Captain Lloyd Ramavho said the group had threatened the guards with firearms and fled with cash bags containing about R400 000.00.

“Vigilant police caught up with the group before they could get away. A shootout ensued and (the )suspects fled on foot. Mbatyazwa and Shandu were apprehended near Gugulethu Mall and detained,” said Ramovha.

He said the men were subsequently granted bail and made a series of court appearances. Shandu was killed in Khayelitsha in October 2016, reportedly during a fight for a girlfriend.

In count one Mbatyazwa was convicted of armed robbery with aggravating circumstances and sentenced to 15 years and was also found guilty of possessing unlicensed firearms and ammnunition and was give a 12 year sentence. He will spend 22 years imprisonment because count 2,3, 4 and 5 will run concurrently.

Western Cape Provincial Head of the Directorate Priority Crime Investigation, Major General Nombuso Khoza, lauded the investigation team and the justice system for this rewarding sentence.

“Cash in-transit-heists are vicious in nature, during such occurrences innocent lives are put at risk by cold-hearted criminals who are only interested in ill-gotten riches. We remain poised in ensuring that innocent people’s lives are safe, by continuing to weed out criminals from our communities and ensuring that they stay in prison where they belong,” she said.

  • Meanwhile Musawenkosi Charles Mndaweni (33), and Trevor Lindokuhle Ngcobo (28) also appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court in connection with fraud and theft of a bank card from a tourist.

Police were informed about a bank card snatching incident that took place at an ATM in Greenpoint.

Footage of the incident was immediately analysed and investigations commenced, resulting in the tracing of the vehicle that was involved.

Further investigations and surveillance duties by the ever alert team resulted in the arrest of the pair who are believed to be part of a wider bank card swapping syndicate that targets people using ATMs. They were nabbed near the Cape Town International Airport at yet another petrol station just before 23:00 whilst driving the same vehicle.

Several incriminating bank deposit slips and their cell phones were seized, including a substantial amount of money.

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