Gang violence: Successes for Operation Lockdown

2016-09-07 06:00
Ludonian Allies of the Dustlifes has received a lengthy sentence for murder.  Photo: SUPPLIED

Ludonian Allies of the Dustlifes has received a lengthy sentence for murder. Photo: SUPPLIED

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THE gang task team operating under the umbrella of Operation Lockdown has once again secured a conviction and lengthy sentence, this time against a 25-year-old gang member, police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said.

She said Ludonian Allies of Dustlifes had been sentenced in the Port Elizabeth High Court last Thursday for murder (life imprisonment), attempted murder (10 years), unlawful possession of a firearm (five years) and unlawful possession of ammunition (two years).

The sentences of attempted murder and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition will run concurrently with the life sentence.

“On November 2, 2014, Allies and his accomplice, Xandre Jansen (23), fatally shot Nathan Roderick Jacobs (25) at a house in Jameson Street, Gelvandale,” Naidu said.

“Jacobs and another victim responded to a knock on the garage door. Once opened, the accused and Jansen starting shooting at them,” Naidu said, adding that Allies had been arrested on the same day. Xandre Jansen was shot dead in May this year.

“The investigating officer is commended for his sterling investigation,” Naidu said. “This is the second lengthy conviction attained by the same investigating officer within a space of three weeks.”

The other conviction was secured on August 10 in the Port Elizabeth High Court for the murder of two men who were shot dead on July 12, 2013, in a field in Bethelsdorp.

Three accused alighted from a minibus and started shooting at the two victims. Ivan MacDonald died on the scene and Randy Nel died a few days later in hospital.

A few minutes after the incident, two suspects were arrested by the police in another park in Bethelsdorp. When police chased after them, they were fired at.

One accused, Vuyani Kondile, has since died, while Preston Baadtjies (28) of the Dust-lifes was convicted on August 10 and sentenced on the following charges: two murder charges (life imprisonment for each), attempted murder for shooting at the police (12 years), unlawful possession of a firearm (five years) and unlawful possession of ammunition (one year).

The sentences of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition will run concurrent with the life sentences..

The sentences imposed upon criminals can be attributed to quality detective work and sound cooperation between investigators and prosecutors, Naidu said.

“The Operation Lockdown team is achieving the desired results through our successful convictions and the number of arrests made on a daily basis.”

The acting Mount Road cluster commander, Brigadier Ernie Neveling, has commended the investigating officer and the prosecuting authority on a successful prosecution.

He added that: “The sentencing was as a result of excellent team work by the different units within the criminal justice system.

“We, the SAPS, remain focused on instilling peace and security to the people of the Northern Areas and we will not be deterred in our quest to ensure that they are and feel safe,” Neveling said. – REPORTER

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