With dozens of toddlers in the next room, learning their ABC’s, colours and shapes an Eastern Cape man robbed a daycare center in Gqeberha.
On 17 September last year, Lukhanyo Ndeya (22) walked into a daycare center pretending like he was looking for a child.
The New Brighton Regional Court heard that once Lukhanyo got inside, he started threatening people with a knife, demanding money and cellphones.
“He forced the owner to the bedroom, where he took cash and perfumes. When the victim’s husband came out, he was confronted by two of Lukhanyo’s accomplices, whose faces were covered with balaclavas.
“One of them was armed with a firearm. They demanded a laptop, and the owner pleaded with the robbers not to go to a section of their home, where the children were and went with one of them inside, to avoid creating panic in the children. She handed over the computer and the robbers left,” the court heard.
Lukhanyo was later apprehended during a cash-in-transit robbery.
“The victim and her husband identified him in a police photo album.”
“During the trial, his version was that the victims were able to identify him, only because he used to buy fruit at their house. Under cross-examination by prosecutor Tracy Brown, he gave a different version, that he used to visit his friend who stayed in their neighbourhood.”
The court found his story as "concocted lies" and found him guilty as charged. He was then sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment for robbery with aggravating circumstances of a daycare centre. The court also declared him unfit to possess a firearm.
The Eastern Cape Director of Public Prosecution, Barry Madolo, commended the prosecutor and the investigating team for ensuring that justice is served for the victims of crime.