Too often one only hears about crimes while the convictions go unreported.
In the last week the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court dished out a total of 53 years’ imprisonment to six people apprehended by the Milnerton detective branch.
Spokesperson for Milnerton police, W/O Daphne Dell says: “We so often hear the public saying that nobody gets convicted in court so it is not worth the effort to open a case. With these convictions we can see that justice does prevail and that suspects do get convicted and sentenced to prison for crimes committed.”
Business robber Sailor Mazula was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment; murderer Akhona Sankahla to 15 years; robbers Ntandazo Mphante, Siyabonga Mrawuli and Masixole Matyila to seven, seven and four years respectively; and burglar Devon Wolfaardt to five years.
Robber

Dell went on to describe each of the cases separately, the first being that of business robber Mazula.

“The complainant was in his shop when four males entered, one armed with a shotgun and three armed with 9mm firearms. They threatened the workers and demanded cash and the safe keys. They assaulted a witness, took cash and ran away. The owner chased after them, but when he grabbed one suspect a shot was fired towards him and he had to let go again.”
Sankahla, who was convicted for murder, was seen killing someone in Joe Slovo Park by stabbing him in his chest, back and in his left armpit.
The blood trail of the deceased led right to the front of his girlfriend’s house.
The three convicted robbers, Mphante, Mrawuli and Matyila were involved in the same violent incident in Joe Slovo Park.
Followed

Dell elaborates: “While the complainant was walking he realised he was being followed by three men. He started to run, but one pulled him by the back of his shirt and after a struggle the complainant was hit on the forehead by a firearm. After this the men robbed him of his possessions.”

Wolfaardt, who was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for housebreaking and assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH), broke down his neighbour’s door and stabbed someone in the head.
Dell elaborates: “The complainant was at home with her boyfriend and kids. She then heard a bang at her front door, but it was locked. After three bangs she noticed that her front door was kicked open by her downstairs neighbour’s son. She asked him what he was doing, but he did not answer her. He pushed her out of the way and, with a knife in his hand, walked to her boyfriend. She screamed for help when Wolfaardt started stabbing him.”
In four relatively minor cases fines to the value of R5 500 were handed down. Zandisila Maqetseba was fined R2 000 for the possession of dagga and a dangerous weapon, while Gert Cupido, Abel Jonkers and Ntsikelelo Safuge were fined R1 500, R1 000 and R1 000 respectively for possession of drugs.
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