Crime waits for no man: Gauteng cops secure 1 900 years in prison for 153 accused in 138 cases

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Gauteng police have secured numerous convictions, resulting in collective prison sentences of more than 1 900 years in 138 cases.
Gauteng police have secured numerous convictions, resulting in collective prison sentences of more than 1 900 years in 138 cases.
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  • Gauteng police have secured numerous convictions over the last four weeks, resulting in prison sentences of more than 1 900 years collectively.
  • The convictions were in 138 separate cases.
  • The charges included murder, rape and robbery.

Gauteng police secured a number of convictions over the last four weeks, resulting in prison sentences of more than 1 900 years for 153 accused in 138 separate cases. This included 22 life sentences.

The convictions were for a range of charges, which included rape, murder, tampering with essential infrastructure, robbery with aggravating circumstances, kidnapping, and carjacking, said police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo.

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On Friday, the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg sentenced Phakamile Aaron Mweba, 44, to life imprisonment and an additional 18 years. Moses Nkosinathi Gqoba, 52, was sentenced to two life terms and an additional 18 years on multiple charges, including murder, rape, attempted rape and robbery.

The men were found to have forcefully gained entry into their victims' home in Dobsonville on the evening of 17 July 2020, and attacked a 61-year-old woman and her 21-year-old granddaughter.

The men fled with a laptop. The older woman died as a result of her injuries in hospital.

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In another case, the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg sentenced Mongezi Shange, 24, to 21 years in prison for murder and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, after he attacked his mother and stepfather with a knife in their home in Winniepark in December 2021.

Shange's mother died of her wounds.

In November, the Gauteng Regional Court sitting in Benoni sentenced Wandile Mgwenya, 29, to an effective 20 years' imprisonment for a murder committed in Mogoba Village in February 2021.

"Service excellence such as quality investigations will restore our communities' faith in the South African Police Service," said Gauteng police commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela.

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