KwaZulu-Natal man handed 15 years in jail for R12m armed robbery

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A man has been sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment for his part in a R12 million robbery at a Fidelity Security Services premises in KwaZulu-Natal.

On Tuesday, the KwaZulu-Natal High Court sitting in Madadeni sentenced Mgeyi Gumede to 15 years' imprisonment for robbery with aggravating circumstances, Hawks spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale said.

The robbery happened in September 2017 when a group of heavily armed men entered the Fidelity Security Services premises in Vryheid and held the security guards at gunpoint.

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"They made off with more than R12 million. An intensive investigation by the Hawks' Serious Organised Crime Investigation team in Richards Bay and Newcastle resulted in the arrest of Mbuyiseni Mthembu immediately after the incident. It was discovered that Mthembu, who was a security guard, colluded with his friends to commit the crime," Mogale said.

Gumede, who was arrested in September 2019, was in custody throughout the trial.

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