Recently, the Ladysmith Regional Court sentenced Siphesihle Sphe Khumalo aged 24 to a lengthy term of imprisonment for his role in hijacking and robbing of a truck driver. On 19 June 2012 at 02:00, a 42-year-old truck driver parked his vehicle overnight at the lower-end of King Street, Ladysmith. He fell asleep inside the vehicle but was later woken up by the sound of his truck window being smashed. A number of suspects armed with firearms and knives threatened and assaulted him. They drove off with the truck and the driver still inside the vehicle. They travelled along the N11 freeway and stopped at several points along the road to assault the driver, demanding his bank card and pin code.
At some point, they also tapped diesel from the vehicle. A while later, they left the driver and truck outside Newcastle, fleeing with the driver's personal belongings. The driver reported his ordeal to police in Newcastle where the case was transferred to the Uthukela Task Team for investigation. Subsequently, the accused was arrested in Umbulwane, Ladysmith after forensic evidence linked him to the crime scene. During his arrest, he was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm. On 12 April 2017, Khumalo was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for the hijacking and robbery plus eight years imprisonment for the possession of the unlicensed firearm. He was also declared unfit to possess a firearm.
The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa praised the investigating team for securing such sentence in court. "This will serve as a warning to another criminals who think they will get away after committing crimes. We will make sure that we trace and apprehend those involved in criminal activities," he said.
Source: South African Police Service