Rob­ber gets 25 years for mur­der

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS - – Gareth Wil­son

ONE of the rob­bers who shot dead a se­cu­rity guard dur­ing a heist at the Zonke Spar Tops Liquor out­let in Mother­well last year has been sen­tenced to 25 years be­hind bars.

Mongezi Ken­neth Tafu, 37, was found guilty on Wednesday in the Port El­iz­a­beth High Court of mur­der­ing se­cu­rity guard Mlam­leli Don­dashe, 45, dur­ing the heist in Fe­bru­ary 2016.

De­spite Tafu’s ar­rest, two other gun­men – who were wear­ing bal­a­clavas and as­sisted with the rob­bery – are still at large.

Tafu was ar­rested hours af­ter the rob­bery as he had been wounded in the shoul­der dur­ing a shootout with se­cu­rity of­fi­cials.

Don­dashe – a pop­u­lar se­cu­rity guard who had worked at the cen­tre for about 10 years – was shot while bravely try­ing to tackle one of the rob­bers.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, Tafu was sen­tenced to 25 years’ im­pris­on­ment for mur­der, 14 years for armed rob­bery and eight years for at­tempted mur­der.

The sen­tences will run con­cur­rently.

Hawks act­ing pro­vin­cial head Ma­jor-Gen­eral Zin­tle Mnonopi said the con­vic­tion was due to a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween the in­ves­ti­ga­tors and Mother­well po­lice of­fi­cers.

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