PRETORIA - National Police Commissioner Lt-Gen Khehla John Sitole has welcomed the lengthy prison sentence handed down to a murderer and gangster, and at the same time applauded the two Gauteng detectives for the sterling work they did to ensure the successful prosecution of the gangster.
Thirty-three-year-old Faldeen Marks, aka Saampie, a known Cape Town gangster, was sentenced to 275 years imprisonment on multiple charges, including several counts of murder, Sitole's office said in a statement.
Between 2016 and 2017, Marks murdered four people in Westbury in Johannesburg and in September 2017 he murdered a fifth person in Eldorado Park, also in Johannesburg. In October 2017 Marks was arrested with a semi-automatic pistol. After being charged on 23 counts, including the five murders, he was taken through the criminal justice process.
On Friday, the Johannesburg High Court Judge sent Marks to prison for "a very welcome" 275 years, the statement said.
Sitole praised the police and prosecution team, including crime intelligence, forensic experts, detectives, and prosecutors.