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The two suspects who were arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle in the Roodeport area.

Glebelands Hostel hit-man sentenced to life imprisonment

DURBAN: A 28-year-old man faced the full wrath of the law after he was sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder committed in Umlazi and an additional 12 years for an attempted murder case committed in June 2015. Mxoleleni Bhani received his sentence at the Durban High Court. On May 18, 2015, the victim, Sipho Ndovela (35) was at the Umlazi Court when he was approached by the accused. Bhani withdrew a firearm and fatally shot the man before fleeing the scene in an unknown direction. The victim sustained seven gunshot wounds to his body. A case of murder was opened at the Umlazi SAPS for further investigation. The Provincial Task Team arrested Bhani on August 6, 2015, while he was appearing for murder and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition in the Umlazi Magistrate’s Court. He was arrested for the Ndovela’s murder and was also linked to an attempted murder case that was reported at Glebelands Hostel on June 11, 2015 where a 40-year-old man was shot and wounded. The accused was remanded in custody until his sentence. Following the successful conviction, KZN’s acting provincial commissioner, Maj Gen Bheki Langa said that this sentence will send out a strong message to other criminals who are terrorising residents at the hostel. “We also hope that this sentence will bring closure to the family of the victim. Justice has been served. We appreciate the hard work shown by the dedicated detectives and also other role-players who worked behind the scenes to bring the killer to book,” he added. Maj Gen Langa said that they are also confident that other cases that are in court currently will also bear similar results.

Stolen Krugersdorp vehicle swiftly recovered in Roodepoort

GAUTENG: Police officers in the area were commended after they swiftly recovered a stolen vehicle and apprehended two suspects for the crime, recently. According to police reports, the vehicle was stolen in the Krugersdorp area. On September 18, 2017, police officers received information about a suspected stolen vehicle in Roodepoort. They immediately followed up. Upon spotting the said vehicle, police officers managed to pull the suspects off the road and tested the vehicle registration. It was then confirmed that the vehicle was stolen. The suspects will appear in the Roodpooort Magistrate’s Court soon, facing charges of possession of a stolen vehicle.

Police officer arrested for theft of firearm

EASTERN CAPE: While the South African Police Services works hard to root out corruption within its ranks and educate members on the importance of abiding by the Code of Conduct, there are still employees acting on the wrong side of the law. Recently, a 36-year-old warrant officer from Umtata was arrested for theft of firearm. He has appeared in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court and was charged duly for theft of state property and negligent loss of a firearm. In its effort to eradicate any form of criminality, the SAPS is encouraging anyone with information to contact the National Anti-Corruption Hotline on 0800-701-701 or Crime Stop on 08600-10111. All callers may remain anonymous and all information will be treated with strict confidentiality.

Elaine Naidoo
Digital editor

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