The two cash in transit robbers have been sentence to 192 and 66 years imprisonment by the Polokwane High Court on Wednesday, 21 October 2020.
Between September and October 2017, Boitumelo Daniel Aphane (34) and Solly Solomon Monama (38) committed a series of cash in transit robberies in Polokwane, Seshego, Mankweng and Ritavi which resulted in the loss of money.
During the investigation, the Hawks received a tip off about the hideout of the suspects and it was followed up. Aphane was arrested in Dennilton whilst Monama was arrested in Hammanskraal in September 2018.The team recovered R250 000- cash and an AK47 rifle during their arrest. Both Aphane and Monama were never granted bail since their arrest until they were convicted and sentenced.
Aphane, who is currently serving 25 years imprisonment for a similar offence, was found guilty on 24 counts and sentenced to 192 years imprisonment and Monama was found guilty on 8 counts and sentenced to a total of 66 years imprisonment.
The National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya commended the investigation and prosecution team for a sterling work.
“These sentences will serve as a deterrence to other potential criminals who must know that the law will catch up with them. The community will be safer from the two who shall be receiving corrective lessons in Correctional Services facility”. General Lebeya added.