A life sentence has been granted to a former SBV guard, for his active participation with a crew of five other suspects, in a cash-in-transit heist that occurred during April 2009.
Two civilians were harmed and a guard was murdered
Zwelinkosi Tsolo, a 40-year-old guard, pulled off the heist with a crew at Nyanga Junction during April 2009. The SBV guards on duty were on the way to loading an atm at the centre, and Tsolo and his accomplices attacked the two SBV guards and fled the scene with cash and stolen firearms. During the rampage, two civilians were harmed, and an SBV guard was murdered, while another was severely wounded.
An additional 15 years for robbery was granted
On Friday, 30 August 2019, Tsolo was sentenced at the Cape Town High Court and received life-imprisonment including:
- A 15-year sentence for armed robbery.
- and 10 years imprisonment for each of the three counts of attempted murder on two civilians, including the other guard that was wounded.
The National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya, applauds the conviction and promises to leave no stone unturned in safe-guarding South Africa’s economy and continuing the fight against armed robbers.
The Hawks are committed to convicting all cash-in-transit robbers
Lebeya also praised the investigating team that booked and convicted the offender and vowed that the Hawks will continue being resilient in their fight with cash-in-transit robbers.
The Hawks’ National Bureau for Illegal Firearms Control and Priority Violent Crime Unit arrested and charged Tsolo, including the five other suspects involved on 20 July 2009.
Heist: The rest of the crew were discharged for inconclusive evidence
Tsolo was granted R10 000 bail on 18 February 2013, and during the trial, the other five suspects were discharged for inconclusive evidence.
Tsolo was acquitted on a charge of motor vehicle theft, as well as robbery with aggravating circumstances during the hijacking of the moving vehicle.
The get-away cars were reported hijacked before the crime
The cash-in-transit crew had fled the scene in two stolen cars, which was later revealed, that the cars were reported hijacked to the South African Police Services in Gugulethu and Wynberg.
The criminals had abandoned the cars at Kiki hostels, an informal settlement, in Gugulethu and Wynberg respectively. They managed to get away with the stolen cash and service firearms that were stolen from the SBV guards at the crime scene.