On Saturday in Kokstad, a man was hijacked after offering a man a lift in his bakkie. Three days later, the hijacker was sentenced to 15 years in jail. This is wonderful police work and should be the norm, not the exception.
It just goes to show that there are hugely capable policemen and -women in the country who are doing sterling work. Well done to them — and thank you.
MEDIA STATEMENT: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE: KWAZULU-NATAL MEDIA CENTRE
DATE : 2 November 2011
SUBJECT : KOKSTAD HIJACKER SENTENCED TO FIFTEEN YEARS IMPRISONMENT
Sbusiso Nontshintshi (32) appeared in the Kokstad Regional Court on Monday, 31 October on a charge of hijacking. He was convicted and sentenced to fifteen years imprisonment.
On Saturday, 29 October, at approximately 16:40, Nkopo Mthuthuzeli had parked his father’s Isuzu bakkie in the Kokstad Main Street when he was approached by a man who asked for a lift. While they were driving through Elliot Street, Nontshintshi brandished a gun and demanded the bakkie. A scuffle broke out and he managed to push Mthuthuzeli out of the bakkie before driving off in it. Investigations led the police to Harding where the bakkie was recovered the following day and Nontshintshi was later arrested and detained.
Commander of the Kokstad SAPS Vehicle Investigation Services (VIS), Captain Adam Draai, commended Detective Warrant Officer Jimmy Marais for the excellent investigation and praised the court for finalizing the matter so speedily.
“It is not very common to see a case being finalized within three days of the crime being committed. I am certain that the fifteen year prison sentence will serve as a deterrent to other criminals in the area”, said Captain Draai.