DURBAN – Car hijackers sentenced

DURBAN: The Madadeni Regional Court sentenced Vumani Victor Gama (35) and Simphiwe Mjey Miya (27) for carjacking on 29 October 2020. On 27 April 2019 at 05:00, a driver and his assistant were delivering bread at a supermarket in Eastborne when Gama and Miya accosted them. They hijacked them and the truck with thousands of loaves of bread and cash at gunpoint. A case of carjacking was opened at the Osizweni police station for investigation.

The accused were arrested and charged for carjacking. During the arrest, Gama was found in possession of a firearm with ammunition. He was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for carjacking as well as 15 years imprisonment for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. Miya was sentenced to eight years for carjacking.

Another sentence was meted out to Lungani Shange (27) and Bongumusa Praisegod Mathe (21) by the Umlazi Regional Court. The two were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for theft of motor vehicle with five years suspended. The accused stole a Nissan Almera on 25 March 2018 on Cele Road at Folweni and the vehicle was recovered at Z Section in Umlazi where the accused were arrested.

Sandile Mzulwini, 18, was sentenced to five years imprisonment by the Durban Regional Court for theft of motor vehicle. Mzulwini stole a minibus taxi that was parked at a service station at Isipingo Rail on 12 July 2020.