Klaas Khutso Ntsoane (38) and Lucky Mokoena (39) were each sentenced to life imprisonment plus 90 years imprisonment in the Polokwane High Court sitting in Lephalale on Thursday 12 April for murder, carjacking, kidnapping and armed robbery.
A third suspect, Charles Modimola (39), was sentenced to 21 years imprisonment for kidnapping and armed robbery.
The three suspects are originally from Tembisa in Gauteng and that is where they were arrested in 2014 during an Intelligence led joint operation composed of the Provincial Crime Intelligence, the Provincial Tracking Team and Lephalale Cluster Task Team, led by Major General Meetsi. The case was investigated at Provincial by Captain Malungane.
They were arrested after an incident in October 2014 when a Combi, transporting Botswana Nationals from Francistown to Johannesburg, was hijacked. The passengers in the Combi were robbed outside Lephalale town after they were stopped by Ntsoane, Mokoena and Modimola by using a Police blue light. The driver was kidnapped, shot and killed.
A firearm, Police uniform and a Police blue light were recovered.
The SAPS Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen Nneke Ledwaba has expressed his deepest gratitude towards all of the members who played a role in ensuring this milestone achievement was reached.
Mogol Post reported in November 2014 that a traffic officer was arrested regarding the above case, but he was released the next day when he could not be linked to the incident and he was found to be innocent.