A high-speed chase and a shootout with the police has resulted in Sihle Zulu (24) and Ayanda Thabethe (29) being sentenced to 49 years and three months imprisonment and 61 years and three months imprisonment respectively in the Durban Regional Court.
Natasha Kara, spokesperson for the KZN DPP, said the two were convicted of various charges that followed a high-speed chase on the N2 freeway near the vicinity of Nandi Drive in August 2017.
Prior to the incident, Kara said police had received information that suspects driving a particular car planned to rob the petrol station on Nandi Drive.
“Police officials spotted the car and pursued it. Whilst in pursuit, the suspects shot at the police, and thereafter collided into a police [car] and other [cars].”
Both Zulu and Thabethe were arrested, while their other three accomplices who were shot during the altercation died on the scene.
Kara said the police recovered firearms with ammunition, various car and housebreaking implements and a police radio. They also discovered that the car used in the commission of the offence was stolen.
In court, Kara said regional court prosecutor Sureka Marimuthu led an array of evidence to secure the conviction.
She said Zulu and Thabethe were convicted and sentenced for the murders of their accomplices (common purpose), attempted murder, unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition, unlawful possession of live ammunition, possession of car breaking implements, unlawful possession of a police radio, stolen vehicle and reckless and negligent driving.
While the accused were sentenced to 49 and 61 years effectively, the presiding officer ordered that some sentences would run concurrently.
Both men were deemed unfit to possess a firearm.