Three members of the Boko Haram gang received hefty sentences in the Polokwane High Court for a series of crimes they committed between September and October 2017, on Tuesday, 28 June.
Ndou Lukase Rembuluwani, 29, Ndou Ben, 29, and Khoza Small, 28, are part of the local gang that named themselves after the continental terror group, Boko Haram.
According to the police, the group terrorised communities in the Seshego and Westenburg areas of Limpopo by committing crimes that included murder, attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, housebreaking with intention to rob, robbery with aggravating circumstances, malicious damage to property, theft and house robberies as well as contravening immigration laws and being in the country illegally.
The “reign of terror” the three accused were arrested and sentenced for lasted for two months, said South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo.
Rembuluwani, Ben and Small were arrested on Friday, 20 October, following an attempted robbery that saw one of their accomplices shot and killed.
On the day of their arrest, the suspects sent their girlfriends to the hospital to check if their accomplice was admitted – they fled the robbery scene where he was wounded and were unaware that he had died.
The hospital tipped off the police, who used the girlfriends to track down the accused who were hiding in Seshego. Stolen property along with guns and ammunition were recovered at the hiding place and the men were linked to further crimes.
The Polokwane court sentenced each of the Boko Haram members to an effective 128 years imprisonment each and declared them unfit to possess a firearm.