Man gets 8 years for robbing MEC

2013-03-04 10:17

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.

  • israel.maseko.5 - 2013-03-04 10:26

    I think the law sometimes is a bit unfair, robberies of this nature have been happenning all over the country but this is huge sentence on this case or maybe is because it is a Minister???

      darren.raath.5 - 2013-03-04 10:31

      8 years for cell phone theft,6 years for rape and 4 for only in good ol SA.!

      john.loveland.9 - 2013-03-04 11:12

      I understand where Muzi is coming from. You steal a ministers cell you get 8 years. If your or my cell were stolen you lucky if you get the SAPS to open a docket, and if it got to court it would be some punitive sentence

      ohbizz.chabata - 2013-03-04 11:14

      @ Muzi and Darren Sentences depend mainly on the offence committed. Taking of one's celly would normally be "theft" but once force or threat of force is used it automatically becomes "robbery" and you will be tried using the same principles as someone who uses a gun to steal millions in a bank. The offence itself will have a minimum and maximum periods of punishment. The court exercises discretion of your precise sentence depending on circumstances of each case. The main consideration is the actual offence with which you have been charged ie theft or robbery. You will now appreciate all the noise about whether Oscar did pre-meditated murder or culpable homicide. Both mean he killed but each means different circumstances and the sentences vary greatly

      Colin Taylor - 2013-03-04 11:26

      @Muzi, I'll take a bet that Oscar gets less for killing Reeva....

      D_MAN - 2013-03-04 11:49

      BWAHAHAHAHA!!! This is a laugh. 8yrs for stealing a cell phone and yet rapists and murderers get far less even set free sometimes. This is a jike. No wonder our justice system is a laughing stock to the world. Well done justice system, you've just made yourselves look like bigger idiots.

      handy.andy.773 - 2013-03-04 11:55

      I dont care how unfair it is, well done. I'm sick of crime, no matter how small. I also feel sorry for the guys knocking on my door every day, desperately looking for work (and finding it), who put in a hard days work, while thugs like this just take our stuff and freedom from us. Screw this guy.

      gift.ndlovu.564 - 2013-03-04 12:26

      Thats nonsence. 8 years for a petty crime

  • Hansie.Crook - 2013-03-04 10:30

    Rob an MEC and you will get more years that a rapist. I would love to see what the convictions are like in similar cases..

  • martin.ferguson.7311 - 2013-03-04 10:35

    Excellent. Would just like to think that the same rules will apply if it was a normal civilian.

  • Wike Mood - 2013-03-04 10:42

    amazing how when a case gets media attention,things move along very quickly.yet at our courts other cases drag on fos years.

  • flynn.govender - 2013-03-04 10:44

    Our judicial system never seem to amaze me, 8 years for stealing a cellphone and I am sure that the minister still employ his bodyguard for doing nothing as a bodyguard

  • Katlego Hlahasoane - 2013-03-04 10:46

    Mxm bcuz it was the mec who was robd mxm

  • susan.paul.330 - 2013-03-04 10:47

    What, 8 years for stealing a cell phone, or 8 years for stealing from the MEC...

  • Bra - 2013-03-04 10:47

    No gun used...his majesty the MEC wasn't hurt and criminal gets 8yrs. It will cost us taxpayers R8000x12x8 to rehabilitate/punish this guy.

  • Simphiwe Spijo Nxumalo - 2013-03-04 10:48

    8 years tjo this is too much for a cellphone robber well the victim was an MEC

      Poloyatonki - 2013-03-04 12:48

      Yes Mashudu... the victim is a rich guy who can easily afford to buy a new phone.

  • Wike Mood - 2013-03-04 10:49

    in jail he will learn how to be a real criminal.

  • Tshililo Tshikota - 2013-03-04 10:58

    In prison: Gang Boss what you here for boy?..... Thug: robbed mec of his cellphone.....Gang Boss you are my wife, next! Lousy thug.

  • hetty.oliver - 2013-03-04 11:02

    Eight years for stealing a cellphone and WHAT do RAPISTS get????!!!!! We need to get standard sentences across the board and country for the various crimes!

  • israel.maseko.5 - 2013-03-04 11:07

    What abt Prince Zulu who has spent only a year in jail for killing two innocent civilians? Indeed the law is inconsistant in terms of sentencing between normal citizens and Rich people or people occupying senior positions.

  • Angela Aranes - 2013-03-04 11:09

    some rapists don't get 8 yrs!!! Its pathetic, just because he is an MEC???

  • Patricia Spooner - 2013-03-04 11:09

    This is ridiculous and proves the justice system is the joke of the world! Prince Zulu kills two people while under the influence and only get 3 years of which 27 months are suspended.

      afrikeni - 2013-03-04 11:29

      And on top of that he actually served less than a year in the government pen. Justice is a farce, it's a matter of who has more money to short circuit the system.

  • Carmen Coetzee - 2013-03-04 11:17

    and last wekk they broke into my house took my ipad, cell phone and food from the fridge....and tthe detective told me he found good fingerprints, but even the robber was cought, he will get n month or bail....HEY how i wish i was an MEC!!!!realy the justice system is a joke!

      Johnny August - 2013-03-04 11:48

      @ Carmen ! I'm not sure if are telling the truth here Lie lie Lie

  • Charles Ponzi - 2013-03-04 11:22

    problema grande, pora!

  • Carmen Coetzee - 2013-03-04 11:22

    and the puppet got a new phone the next day via his insurence......since he is the MEC......poor others..

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2013-03-04 11:26

    MURDER and you get 3 years....DON'T pay your TV licence and get 10 years.... what a JOKE

      kuno.tschumi.5 - 2013-03-04 12:00

      @Trevor - well if they come to check your TV licence you better kill them, seems you get less time.

  • Nuraan Ely - 2013-03-04 11:31

    Omw I see now so because this guy was so called important the justice system decides to give the crook 8years come on people what about the average person like me an you that don't have status doenst that count SA need a wake up call.

  • phosa.peter2 - 2013-03-04 11:35

    good lesson to the thugs, they ought to be aggresive nd violent when they are on duty, if you spare a life of the victims you get lite sentence, therefore note virsa- versa

  • kuno.tschumi.5 - 2013-03-04 11:56

    wow justice at its best... seems if you connected you get off easier. this dude gets 8 years for stealing a cell phone while the government houseing official who sold a RDP house illegally for R15000 gets 2 years. Someone please explain to me how this works.

  • Deon Louw - 2013-03-04 12:01

    Well done. We should have zero tolerance for criminals. We were robbed 10 months ago at gun point and they got 20 years. (Actually 60 years for 6-8 bad crimes) Well done Parow Police and the justice system!

  • markallenrsa - 2013-03-04 12:04

    And a 2 years suspended sentence for corrupt politicians..

  • laura.levatte - 2013-03-04 12:13

    Whilst I have no problem with the punishment I think its abundantly clear that according to our justice system its not what you steal but who you steal from

  • Ella Ekse Niks Benjamin - 2013-03-04 12:14

    Typical of our justice system. Cops drag and kill a man and they not even in custody. Instead the judge calls for a postponement. Worse is, there's video footage of the incident ...

      simon.goodman.752 - 2013-03-04 12:24

      Yes, they are in custody and there is nothing wrong in a postponement. They have not even done the identity parade yet.

  • simon.goodman.752 - 2013-03-04 12:22

    lol, the guy who robbed my pregnant wife at knifepoint got 4 months... I told her she should have been in politics.

  • harley.quin.334 - 2013-03-04 13:05

    cool story, how long does an mec get for robbing us.... another four years in office

  • Rukayah Sadan - 2013-03-05 08:27

    Did he really get 8 years because he robbed someone who works in Government or was he handed an 8 years sentence due to having previous convictions and is obviously not willing to change or learn from his wrong doings. Would you rather he got a suspended sentence and next time holds u up at gunpoint for your watch and kills you. Every time they commit a crime its worse than the last, they become more and more confident especially when everytime they are caught they get bail of R500 and eventually a ridiculous sentence

  • rob.martin.94402343 - 2013-03-10 20:50

    Didnt get the winde of it.

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