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2023/04/04      |  Written By:  Brigadier S Mohlala   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

Nelspruit: 02 April 2023 - A 25-year-old robber was taught a life's lesson that crime does not pay as he was sentenced by the court on Friday 21 March 2023. The accused, Thabiso Kina Zondi is said to have entered the spaza shop and pointed the shop owner and his assistant with a firearm. He then demanded cash but little did he know that he was playing with fire as the duo managed to disarm him and then called the police.

He was arrested and charged for armed robbery and possession of unlicensed firearm. He appeared in the Standerton Regional Court on several occasions then on Friday (31 March 2023) he was sentenced to six years imprisonment for count of possession of unlicensed firearm and five years imprisonment for robbery, which was wholly suspended. The convict was further declared unfit to possess a firearm.

The SAPS management in Mpumalanga has welcomed the sentence and further applauded the victims for doing the great job by alerting the police after capturing the accused rather than taking the law into their own hands.