On Thursday, 27 May, 30-year-old Odwa Siqanqalala was sentenced to 15 years DIRECT imprisonment. Siqanqalala was part of a cash-in-transit heist in Whittlesea that occurred on 30 November 2018.
The court made an example of Siqanqalala for his part in the robbery
With a rise in cash-in-transit heists across SA, the Whittlesea Magistrate’s Court made an example of Siqanqalala. Siqanqalala was convicted on charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances.
He pleaded guilty on Wednesday, 25 May, at the Eastern Cape-based court. Siqanqalala was arrested with his co-accused. 32-year-old Lundi Mzimkhulu and 35-yer-old Mzuvukile Mzimkhulu. The trio were arrested on 30 November 2018 and were remanded in custody.
Provincial Spokesperson for the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) Captain Yolisa Mgolodela said the court’s verdict followed a series of appearances by the accused.
Co-accused in the matter did NOT plead guilty
Captain Mgolodela said that Siqanqalala’s co-accused, Lundi and Mzuvukile, have both pleaded not guilty to the charges the State brought against them. She explained that the pair wanted to go forth with a trial.
“They preferred to continue with the trial route. Siqanqalala pleaded guilty on May 25, 2022, hence his 15 years imprisonment sentence on May 26, 2022,”Mgolodela said.
Eastern Cape’s Hawks’ head Major General Obed Ngwenya anticipated that more confessions would arise. This would speed the sentencing process of Lundi and Mzuvukile up, reports IOL.
Durban: Police manhunt for failed felons in cash-in-transit heist
In related news, a pair of hopeful criminals thought they could chance fate and win big on Tuesday by stacking the deck with their own attempt at a cash-in-transit heist in Durban. The unsuccessful duo are now on the run evading the consequences of their actions while police are on the hunt.
The attempted lumpsum withdrawal took place in Chris Hani Road, previously known as North Coast Road, at a fuel station. Crime activist Yusuf Abrahamjee took to Twitter to share the news.
The stormtroopers tasked with protecting the armoured vehicle were withdrawing money from an ATM at the private-owned business premises when the suspects made their move. Read the full story here.