No­to­ri­ous hi­jacker be­hind bars

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Or­rin Singh

A NO­TO­RI­OUS lo­cal hi­jacker, who has been linked to sev­eral cases over the years, has been con­victed and sen­tenced at the Em­pan­geni Mag­is­trates Court.

Bon­gani Magubane (37), is a name which has tor­mented po­lice af­ter he had been ini­tially ar­rested in 2004, granted pa­role in 2015 and then re­ar­rested on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, Magubane was con­victed of rob­bery with ag­gra­vated cir­cum­stances and sen­tenced to im­pris­on­ment in De­cem­ber 2004. He was re­leased on pa­role in De­cem­ber 2015.

In July last year, Magubane was re­ar­rested af­ter po­lice linked him to a se­ries of hi­jack­ing cases, but he was re­leased on bail.

In August, while out on bail, Magubane was once again ar­rested on charges of yet an­other hi­jack­ing.

The ZO re­ported that on 21 August he was de­nied bail at the Em­pan­geni Re­gional Court, af­ter which Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices es­corted him back to prison.

How­ever the case was soon with­drawn be­cause ‘tech­ni­cally he still com­plied with his pa­role con­di­tions’.

An­other ar­rest fol­lowed for hi­jack­ing and he was re­leased on bail for the sec­ond time.

Early this year Magubane was re­ar­rested and this time was de­nied bail.

The case even­tu­ally went to trial with Magubane sub­se­quently be­ing sen­tenced, to­gether with his co ac­cused Sam­bulo Magubane (23), last month.

While it is un­clear if there is any re­la­tion be­tween Bon­gani and Sam­bulo, the two were sen­tenced to 12 and 8 years im­pris­on­ment re­spec­tively for rob­bery.

KZN ve­hi­cles

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Magubane is said to have tar­geted State-owned ve­hi­cles, with one of his most re­cent hi­jack­ings be­ing that of an am­bu­lance ve­hi­cle near Ense­leni.

He was linked to two other cases via fin­ger­print iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and via pos­ses­sion in an­other case.

Po­lice told the ZO Magubane had sold a ve­hi­cle to a man in Nkandla, who was ar­rested on charges of driv­ing a stolen ve­hi­cle. Upon ques­tion­ing, the man told po­lice he had pur­chased the ve­hi­cle from Magubane.

Bon­gani Magubane was pho­tographed hid­ing his face at the Em­pan­geni Mag­is­trate’s Court fol­low­ing his ar­rest in March this year Or­rin Singh

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