Police in Gauteng have welcomed the conviction of two robbers who followed people home from the airport.
Zimbabwean nationals, Kenneth Ngwenya and Eve Ndlovu have been sentenced to 38 years in prison each for attempted murder, aggravated robbery as well as possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
The pair followed their victims home from the OR Tambo International Airport to their home and robbed them.
One family member was shot and wounded.
#sapsHQ #SAPS Nat Investigation Unit resorting under Division Detective Services has secured a combined 76yr imprisonment for 2 men who had been charged with attempted murder for an incident of airport following which occurred in Oaklands on 02/02/2017. SWhttps://t.co/RfRpcjMwvv pic.twitter.com/pcsYMtcqdk
— SA Police Service ?? (@SAPoliceService) September 30, 2020
Police spokesperson Colonel Brenda Muridili says: “During the 2017/2018 financial year, the incidents of motorists being followed from the airport and robbed at their destination started to spike. The joint operational team at OR Tambo International Airport enhanced its interventions both proactively and re-actively.”
“Since then these types of incidents started to show a steady decline with no cases reported in the last few months. The conviction and sentencing of these two men will serve as a huge deterrent to other such would-be criminals.”
Meanwhile, in July seven suspects appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court, east of Johannesburg, after being arrested during a robbery at OR Tambo International Airport.
The robbers targeted three crates of cellphones and PPEs.
Two robbers were killed in a gunfight with officers and airport security personnel.
One passerby was wounded by a stray bullet. Four of the seven suspects were also wounded.
Officers recovered five weapons and stolen items.
The video below, is reporting that two suspects were killed during OR Tambo Airport robbery in July: