The saying that goes, “Crime doesn’t pay” proved to be true
on Wednesday, 23 October 2019, for some cash-in-transit robbers from
KZN robbers caught by the Hawks, given life sentences
Xolani Mzimela, 32, and Bhekumuzi Ntuli, 52, were both convicted for deadly armed robbery, with aggravating circumstances. The two criminals were convicted by the Mthunzini High Court on 17 October 2019.
On Wednesday, they faced the full force of the law when they
were both sentenced to life imprisonment. Justice was finally served after the
pair performed their heist on 12 December 2016.
Security guard killed during heist
According to the Hawks (Directorate for Priority Crime
Investigation), the incident occurred at around 08:15 on that fateful day. A
heavily armed group of suspects accosted security guards while they were
collecting cash at a service station.
The service station was situated along the N2 freeway near
Empangeni. A shootout ensued between the criminals and the guards leading to a
31-year-old security guard, Blessing Mncwango, being fatally wounded.
The group of suspects managed to get away with Mncwango’s
firearm and an undisclosed amount of cash. Fortunately, the Hawks’ Serious
Organised Crime unit remained relentless in their investigation of the crime.
Two thieves sentenced for various charges
This resulted in the arrest of Mzimela at Esikhaleni
Township, shortly after the incident occurred. The suspect was found with two
unlicensed firearms with ammunition.
The Hawks had a breakthrough on 31 March 2017 when Ntuli was
arrested following another cash-in-transit robbery in Pinetown. The two
convicts were sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, 20 years for robbery
with aggravating circumstances, and five years for attempted murder.
Mzimela was given an additional charge for his part in the
crime. He received an additional four year sentence for possession of unlicensed
firearms and ammunition.
The court ordered that the sentences run concurrently.
Hawks arrest fraudsters
In the North West, the Hawk’s Serious Corruption unit worked
with the Crime Intelligence and the Road Traffic Management Corporation on a
different case. The joint operation led to the arrest of two suspects aged 24
and 33 in Ventersdorp on Tuesday, 22 October 2019, for alleged fraud.
According to the Hawks, the suspects were reportedly running
their operation from a local internet café. It’s alleged that they were selling
various falsified documents.
Criminals sell various fake documents
These included licence disks, vehicle roadworthy permits,
learners and drivers licences, and medical certificates. A tip off, led to the
Hawks leading the investigation.
The crime prevention group revealed:
“Consequently various undercover transactions aimed at gathering evidence were conducted with the suspects whereupon they reportedly charged varying amounts starting from R100 to R450 for these documents.”
Upon further investigation, the Hawks seized “electronic
equipment with tailor-made templates of different documents that were
modifiable as per customers’ specifications.”
The suspects are expected to appear at the Ventersdorp
Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. They face charges of various counts of fraud in
contravention of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (ECTA).