Johannesburg - The Ingwavuma Regional Court sentenced Norman Tembe to 30 years imprisonment on five counts of armed robbery and four counts of theft, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Thursday.
“He was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for each count of armed robbery and seven years each for theft,” spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said.
“The sentences will run concurrently, meaning that he will serve only 30 years in prison.”
In July 2007, a group of armed men robbed the people at Thonga Lodge at Emanguzi and fled the scene with five cars they stole, Zwane said.
Richards Bay Organised Crime took over the case and received information that the cars were on their way to Mozambique.
Two of the cars were found abandoned in Mozambique and Tembe, 51, was spotted driving a third car.
“When he saw the police, he jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot, “ said Zwane.
Tembe was arrested in the Esikhawini area after he was found in possession of stolen goods that were taken during another robbery in the Esikhawini area.
He was linked to the robbery at Thonga Lodge.
“Tembe is still facing murder, attempted murder, armed robbery and rape charges that he allegedly committed in 2008 at Esikhawini,” said Zwane.
“He will appear in the Mthunzini High Court on Monday facing these charges.” - Sapa