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2023/11/07      |  Written By:  Lieutenant Colonel S Mhlongo   |   Province:  Kwazulu-Natal

KWAZULU-NATAL – On Monday, 6 November 2023, Pietermaritzburg High Court sentenced Senzo Magwanyana (42) to life imprisonment for murder of a security guard and 15 years imprisonment for robbery with aggravating circumstances.

On 14 February 2020, a G4S security guards were delivering cash in the ATM at the service station in Kranskop. One of them alighted from the armoured vehicle and was immediately accosted by Magwanyana together with his accomplices. Magwanyana demanded cash and fatally shot the security guard. He further fired shots and wounded three school children who were in the vicinity.

They then fled the scene in their getaway vehicle with an undisclosed amount of cash which was later recovered after a shootout with police.  Magwanyana was later arrested and appeared in court. He was released on bail and never returned to court. A warrant of arrest was issued for him and in June this year he was re-arrested at Clermont township.

He appeared in court several times until he was convicted on Friday. Magwanyana was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for robbery, life imprisonment for murder, five years imprisonment for each count of attempted murder. His sentence will run concurrently.