Francis Mokoaela Mopedinyane 26‚ was sent to jail for 45 years while Setene Lei‚ 33‚ Emmanuel Lefa Setlaba‚ 34‚ and Thabiso Morobi‚ 32‚ were each sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment.
The four men’s crime spree started on March 2 last year at 1:30am when they accosted a security guard‚ tied him up with his shoe laces and stole two pump guns from him.
In May that year‚ the four men shot dead Bartholomew Seabata Sehloho‚ 39‚ at the Genesis dumping site near Rosettenville road.
“The victim was at the dumping site collecting rubbish goods for recycling when he was shot several times in the upper body‚” Mbele said‚ explaining that there had been an argument over the so-called protection money.
Three days later‚ the gang targeted security guards at the Booysens railway station‚ assaulting them and making off with a firearm and cell phones.