Manenberg police expressed their satisfaction at the sentencing of two affiliated gang members in the Khayelitsha Regional Court recently.Robert Thomas (aka “Boetie”) was sentenced to 18 years, of which five years are suspended for five years, and his co-accused Moegamat Shamiel Hendricks was sentenced to 18 years, of which three years were suspended for five years, and five years for the possession of a firearm and ammunition after they were found guilty of the 2013 murder of Mervin HendricksThe sentences will run concurrently. Manenberg police spokesperson, Captain Ian Bennett, said these were not the sentences detectives were hoping for, but that they are satisfied the law has run its course.“This comes on the back of life sentences that were handed down to Garant Paulse and co-accused in the Western Cape High Court – the leadership of the Junky Funky Kids. The Manenberg SAPS Serious Violent Crimes Unit’s Detective Constable Rashied Van Rooi, now at the Anti-Gang Unit, investigated this case leaving no room for error,” said Bennett. Van Rooi first received this case on Sunday 8 December 2013 when 40-year-old Mervin Hendricks got out of a taxi and walked to a friend’s home in Ruimte Road. As he returned, the two accused, along with another three men, approached the 40-year-old Hendricks. “It was proven beyond reasonable doubt that Thomas and Shamiel fired several shots at point-blank range, fatally hitting Hendricks in the chest. These ruthless killers fled the scene, leaving the 40-year-old man dead and the community in fear,” added Bennett. Manenberg Police Station commander, Brigadier Enolium Joseph, commended the dedicated and loyal work of Van Rooi.“It makes us proud to see our young police officers rising above their own circumstances and setting the bar extremely high, rooting out selflessness, poor service delivery and corruption. “Manenberg Police Station’s management prides itself on quality service delivery resulting in building credible policing partnership with the community. We wish and hope that the successful conviction sends a clear message to our community that crime does not pay. We also await the court’s sentencing which will be the final proverbial nail in the coffin of JFK,” Joseph said.