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Three accomplices were recently sentenced to life imprisonment by the Polokwane High Court sitting at the Lephalale Magistrate’s Court on Thursday 12 April, following an ambush on a minibus-load of Botswana nationals.
The Police in Limpopo welcomed the long jail terms.
Two of the accused, Klaas Khutso Ntsoane (38) and Lucky Mokoena (39) were each sentenced to life and an additional 90 years imprisonment for murder, hijacking, kidnapping and armed robbery.
The third accused, Charles Modimola (39) was sentenced to 21 years imprisonment for kidnapping and armed robbery.
Limpopo police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said the trio were from Tembisa in Gauteng, and were arrested in 2014 during an intelligence-led operation.
The operation was spearheaded by Major-General Meetsi and comprised of the Provincial Crime Intelligence, the Provincial Tracking Team and Lephalale Cluster Task Team.
This comes after an incident which occurred on October 2014 when the accused hijacked a taxi transporting several Botswana nationals from Francistown in Botswana to Johannesburg.
Ngoepe said the occupants were robbed of their belongings outside Lephalale, after they were stopped by the accused, who were in possession of a police uniform and blue light.
He added that they further kidnapped the driver before fatally shooting and killing him.
The case was investigated at the provincial level by Captain Malungane.
“During their arrest, the police managed to recover a firearm, police uniform and the blue light,” Ngoepe explained.
Limpopo Police Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Nneke Ledwaba, praised investigators for a job well done.
17 months ago 19 April 2018