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News: Two accused sentenced to a total of sixty years imprisonment each

Media Statement
Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (HAWKS)


WESTERN CAPE - The Khayelitsha Regional Court have on 19 February 2024 sentenced Sakhiwo Khala(42) and Siyabulela Mcelu(37) to a total of sixty (60) years imprisonment each for the  following charges: Attempted robbery with aggravated circumstances (Cash In Transit), two counts of attempted murders, murder, two counts of possession of illicit firearms and  two counts of unlawful possession of ammunition.

On 08 November 2023 both accused were found guilty on all charges.

Both accused were sentenced as follows:

Count 1: Attempted robbery with aggravating circumstances, sentenced to twelve (12) years imprisonment each

Count 2: Attempted murder, sentenced to six (6) years imprisonment each.

Count 3: Attempted murder, sentenced to six (6) years imprisonment each.

Count 4: Murder, sentenced to twenty two (22) years imprisonment each.

Count 5: Possession of illicit firearms, sentenced to twelve (12) years imprisonment each.

Count 6: Unlawful possession of ammunition, sentenced to two (2) years imprisonment each.

Each accused was therefore sentenced to a total of sixty (60) years imprisonment and the court ordered that counts 1,2,3 ,5 and 6 run concurrently with count 4.

Effectively each accused will serve twenty two (22) years direct imprisonment.

In terms of Section 103 (1) and (2) of the Firearms Control Act, Act 60 of 2000, both accused were declared unfit to possess a firearm.

These sentences emanate from an incident that occurred during 2015 where SBV cash vehicle arrived at Nolungile Railway Station in Khayelitsha. It is alleged that when the crew members came back from collecting the money they were attacked and shot by three (3) unknown suspects. The crew returned fire and one suspect was fatally wounded during the ordeal and two (2) other suspects were wounded but fled the scene on foot. The suspects were charged for fatally wounding one of their own co- suspects. The crew members also sustained injuries during the shootout. The wounded suspects were traced and arrested.

The Provincial Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation in the Western Cape Major General Mathipa Makgato commended the team and is delighted that justice has been served and hopefully this will send a strong message that crime does not pay.


Lieutenant Colonel Siyabulela Vukubi
071 481 2534


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