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2022/05/20      |  Written By:  Brigadier S Mohlala   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

Nelspruit: 19 May 2022- The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has gladly welcomed the sentence that was handed down by the Amersfoort Regional Court today, 19 May 2022 to Mthombo Aaron Mbuli, aged 36. The accused was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for business robbery which was carried out at Amersfoort in the early hours of 18 August 2021.

On the said day the accused, who was armed at the time is said to have went and staged a robbery at a local shop in Ezamokuhle. When the owner, who is an Ethopian national heard some strange noise on the roof, he quickly alerted an off duty police officer who lives nearby. The member never hesitated but immediately responded positively and called for back up from his colleagues. 

The astute members never disappointed but swiftly went and joined the off-duty member at the scene. On their arrival, they noticed the accused (Mbuli) who tried to flee but when his attempts failed, he then shot at the police and in turn the members defended themselves and shot back. Mbuli, who was found with a pistol as well as ammunition in his possession, sustained some injuries during the shooting. However, this did not exempt him from being arrested. Though he was taken to hospital and received some treatment, he was also charged accordingly. When he got better, he was discharged from hospital and taken to court where he was convicted hence he was sentenced for a count of house breaking with intent to rob as well as for robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Thanks to the exceptional and thorough work done by members of the police at Amersfoort, Mbuli was given a well deserved punishment with an additional declaration that he is unfit to possess a firearm.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela further applauded the member for responding to the call of duty though he was not at work. The General further appreciated the collaborative effort showcased by the Investigation Team, the Prosecution Team and the Judiciary. "We are encouraged by the sentence given by the court and we hope that it will somehow restore public confidence on our justice system whilst sending a strong message to criminals that crime does not pay" commented the General.