The Khayelitsha Regional Court sentenced Thamsanqa Loli (20), Eric Tshamlambo (33), to lengthy prison terms for robbery with aggravating circumstances on Tuesday.
The accused carried out a brazen armed robbery on 14-12-2010 at Cape Town International Airport when they confronted Brazier Security personnel who were busy emptying pay machines. They then threatened the guards with firearms and made off with cash bags containing approximately R120 000.
Members from the Hawks' National Bureau for Illegal Firearms Control and Priority Violent Crime (NBIFCPVC), Unit were activated and investigations were initiated in earnest. This resulted in the arrest of three suspects within a space of two days with Zamile Mbedu (31), being the 3rd suspect in the matter.
The accused made a series of court appearances culminating in their recent sentencing. Tshamlambo was sentenced to effective fifteen (15), years' imprisonment whilst Loli, received twenty-two (22), years jail term. Mbedu was absent from the proceedings due to an apparent illness, however he is expected to meet the same fate when he appears in the same court on Thursday (12 October 2017).
In another separate case, the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court sentenced Bigboy Ndlovu (42) to an effective six (6) years imprisonment for identity fraud, forgery and money laundering also on Tuesday.
The Hawks' Serious Commercial Crime Unit arrested Ndlovu in 2013 following investigations that implicated him in at least seven identity theft and forgery cases. Ndlovu presented forged identity documents at various Capitec branches for loan applications, resulting in the bank loosing approximately R86 000.
The Western Cape Acting Provincial Head of the Hawks Brigadier Neil Oliver hailed the sentences.
This should send a strong message to those who intend committing crime, that the weed of crime bears bitter fruits. We shall continue to do our outmost best through our investigative acumen, to ensure that, those who commit acts of crime are put away for a long time. he said
Source: South African Police Service