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2021/09/20      |  Written By:  Colonel A Myburgh   |   Province:  North West

POTCHEFSTROOM-18 September 2021: The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena, welcomed the sentences handed down to Edmore Chirongoma (28) and Moses Phillip Mhlanga/Baloyi (24) yesterday, 17 September 2021 by the South Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

Their sentences emanated from an incident reported on Tuesday afternoon, 8 January 2019 at a house in Legaloaopeng Section, Bapong in Mooinooi. Testimony in court indicated that the pair unlawfully entered a house whilst a husband, his wife and child were inside. They threatened the victims with a firearm, assaulted the husband and demanded the vehicle’s car keys. When the husband could not find the keys, the suspects fired shots and ultimately left the place with the family’s white Mazda Drifter after keys were found inside the bedroom.

The victim’s wife was found in the bedroom with a gunshot wound on the stomach after the suspects had left the place. She was rushed to hospital, but succumbed due to the injuries sustained during the shooting.

In another incident on Wednesday morning, 9 January 2019, a man parked his blue Toyota Corolla outside his house in Mooinooi. He discovered when he went to his vehicle early the following morning, 10 January 2019, that it was stolen and he reported it to the police.

The vehicle was recovered hours later the same day after Hartbeespoortdam police officers stopped a blue Toyota Corolla for a search. During the  search, an unlicensed firearm and ammunition were found inside the vehicle and the two suspects were arrested. After a thorough investigation, police also recovered the white Mazda Drifter at the suspects’ place.

Both suspects were found guilty on Thursday, 16 September 2021 and sentenced on Friday, 17 September 2021 as follows:

Edmore Chirongoma

1. Housebreaking with the intent to rob and robbery with aggravating circumstances: 15 years imprisonment       

2. Murder: Life imprisonment

3. Attempted murder: 10 years imprisonment

4. Contravening the provisions of section 4(1)(f)(iv) read with section 1, 103,117,120 ans121 and schedule 4 of Act 60 of 2000 and further read with section 250 of the Criminal Procedure  Act 51 of 1977: 6 years imprisonment

5. Contravening the provisions of section 90 of the Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000: 5 years imprisonment

6. Theft of motor vehicle: 7 years imprisonment

7. Attempted murder: 10 years imprisonment

8. Contravening the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No. 13 of 2002): 2 years imprisonment

Moses Phillip Mhlanga/Baloyi:

6. Theft of motor vehicle : 7 years imprisonment

7. Attempted murder: 10 years imprisonment

8. Contravening the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No. 13 of 2002): 2 years imprisonment

The Provincial Commissioner applauded the investigating officer, Constable Leonard Mapataka of Mooinooi Detectives and all other role players including prosecution for their diligence in ensuring that the accused get maximum sentences, which he said will serve as a warning to those who commit crime including murder that they will do the time in jail.     

The investigation Officer: Const Leonard Mapataka