Long jail sen­tences for no­to­ri­ous eShowe gang

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Or­rin Singh

A GANG of five rob­bers who ter­rorised the eShowe com­mu­nity be­tween April and Oc­to­ber 2015, have been sen­tenced to a to­tal of 100 years im­pris­on­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice re­ports, Mzu­vele In­no­cent Manzini (32), Zakhele Mn­guni (28), Thabiso Nyawo (26), Thobani Ntetha (25) and Njab­ulo Bonok­wakhe Man­qele (34) were con­victed and sen­tenced in the Inkanyezi Re­gional Court on Fri­day.

Manzini was linked to two rob­bery cases and sen­tenced to 20 years im­pris­on­ment for each, while Mn­guni, Nyawo, Ntetha and Man­qele were each sen­tenced to 15 years im­pris­on­ment for sep­a­rate cases they were pos­i­tively linked to.

In April 2015, a farmer and two em­ploy­ees were ac­costed by the armed group, who as­saulted them, burnt them with an iron and robbed them of cash, valu­ables, and the farmer’s ve­hi­cle that was later found aban­doned in a sugar cane field in the Ntu­meni area.

In Sep­tem­ber that year the ac­cused pre­tended to be hitch­hik­ers and hi­jacked a 33-year-old med­i­cal doc­tor at gun­point af­ter he picked them up on the R66. The vic­tim’s ve­hi­cle was also found aban­doned in Ntu­meni.

In Oc­to­ber they robbed a 42-yearold man of his ve­hi­cle af­ter he gave two of the gang mem­bers a lift on the R66 high­way. He was robbed of his be­long­ings and he was kept in the ve­hi­cle trunk while the crim­i­nals were try­ing to sell his ve­hi­cle.

He was later dumped in the bushes and his ve­hi­cle found aban­doned, also in the Ntu­meni area.

A few days later a re­moval com­pany’s em­ploy­ees were driv­ing from Pi­eter­mar­itzburg to Nkandla when their truck broke down in Ntu­meni.

While fix­ing the truck af­ter a me­chanic ar­rived, four gang mem­bers ap­peared and robbed them of cell­phones, cash and the me­chanic’s VW Caddy.

An­other in­ci­dent was reg­is­tered in the Vuma area where a man who runs a tuck shop from a con­tainer was robbed of his prop­erty and a Nis­san 1400 ve­hi­cle by three men at gun­point.

They locked him in­side the con­tainer and left.

King Cetshwayo Clus­ter Task Team de­tec­tives worked around the clock gath­er­ing the ev­i­dence and DNA and fin­ger­prints linked the gang to all the crimes.

A sixth ac­cused orig­i­nally ar­rested, Themba Dlodlo, es­caped from po­lice cus­tody and was fa­tally wounded dur­ing a shoot-out with po­lice in 2016

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