Police have welcomed the sentencing of eight men convicted on several charges relating to taxi violence by the Limpopo High Court on Monday following a violent feud outside Ohrigstad between the Ohrigstad Taxi Association and the Leolo Taxi Association in March last year.
Provincial Police Spokesperson Moatshe Ngoepe said during the violent incident a man was shot and killed and several vehicles including taxis were damaged. Police reacted swiftly and made the arrests while cases ranging from murder to malicious damage to property were investigated.
Ngoepe indicated that Stanley Ramaila (41) and Aubrey Mafane (34) were each sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for murder, three years for possession of firearm without a licence, two years for unlawful possession of ammunition, one year or
R20 000 for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and two years for public violence.
Nathaniel Matshaba (37) and Tumelo Makofane (35) were each given ten years imprisonment for murder, three years for possession of unlicenced firearm, two years for unlawful possession of ammunition and another two years for public violence.
Lucas Kgwedi (50) and Meshack Shai (45) were each sentenced to two years behind bars for public violence while Hector Komane (34) received three years or R10 000 fine for malicious damage to property plus two years for public violence.
Lastly Godfrey Mphogo (47) was sentenced to one year in jail or R20 000 for pointing of a firearm and two years for public violence.
Provincial Police Commissioner Nneke Ledwaba hopes the sentences will serve as a strong warning to communities that any person who engages in public violence will be dealt with harshly by the law.
Story: RC Myburgh