Bank robbers sentenced

MODIMOLLE – Five bank robbers who were arrested by Modimolle SAPS about 3 years ago, were sentenced to an effective 203 years jail term when their cases were finalised in a high court held at Modimolle on Wednesday 7 April 2010. The five were arrested by Modimolle police moments after they had robbed FNB Modimolle on Thursday 28 September 2006 at about 15:00 of an undisclosed amount of money. According to the information received, about five robbers stormed FNB bank, Modimolle and ordered everyone to lie down. They took an undisclosed amount of money before they fled the scene in get-away cars. Police, after being notified of the incident, pursued the vehicles and the chase was preceded by shootings between the suspects and the police. In the process two suspects were arrested about 40km from the scene along the Modimolle and Marble Hall road. The bakkie which they had just hijacked, capsized as they were driving it. Two of the get away cars were also confiscated after being found abandoned along the Modimolle and Marble Hall road. The remaining three suspects were later arrested near Mookgopong in the early hours of the following day, i.e. Friday 29 September 2006. Part of the stolen money from the bank was also recovered. The five’s cases were finalised as follows: The five were charged with robbery with aggravating circumstances, attempted murder, theft, unlawful possession of fire-arms and ammunition. Ndumisame Khumalo, 33 years old, effective term of imprisonment is 43 years, Jacob Ndebgezi, 32 years old, effective term of imprisonment is 45 years, Moube Steve Khumbulani, 37 years old, effective term of imprisonment is 45 years, Zwane Milton Gabriel, 46 years old, effective term of imprisonment is 45 years and Dumakude Mjikijeli, 36 years old, effective term of imprisonment is 33 years. It is believed and hoped that this sentencing will send a strong message to the other potential criminal elements.