30-year sentence for armed robber

2013-02-22 09:37

Johannesburg - The Ingwavuma Regional Court sentenced Norman Tembe to 30 years imprisonment on five counts of armed robbery and four counts of theft, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Thursday.

"He was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for each count of armed robbery and seven years each for theft," spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said.

"The sentences will run concurrently, meaning that he will serve only 30 years in prison."

In July 2007, a group of armed men robbed people at Thonga Lodge at Emanguzi and fled the scene with five cars they stole, Zwane said.

Richards Bay Organised Crime took over the case and received information that the cars were on their way to Mozambique.

Two of the cars were found abandoned in Mozambique and Tembe, aged 51, was spotted driving a third car.

"When he saw the police, he jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot,” said Zwane.

Murder charges

Tembe was arrested in the Esikhawini area after he was found in possession of stolen goods that were taken during another robbery in the Esikhawini area.

He was linked to the robbery at Thonga Lodge.

"Tembe is still facing murder, attempted murder, armed robbery and rape charges that he allegedly committed in 2008 at Esikhawini," said Zwane.

"He will appear in the Mthunzini High Court on Monday facing these charges."

  • Scott - 2013-02-22 09:41

    simply scum.

  • Jacques - 2013-02-22 09:46

    This is good, but what depresses me is how many other serious crimes were comitted between now and then, and how many criminals get serious convictions? Then the Anc turns a decade older and 1000s walk on a presidential pardon.

  • Jerome Mtshali - 2013-02-22 10:07

    Jubjub got away with 4 counts of murder, attempted murder, driving under the influence of drugs, racing on a public road, reckless and/or negligent driving; he got far less than 30year imprisonment

  • Obadia Kgopolo Segwape - 2013-02-22 10:38

    arrest all mozambicans i stay in rustenburg and things they do here are appaulling THEY MUST BE SENT BACK HOME PERIOD

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