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Ilegal miners get this for shooting and killing a police officer

Date: 17 May 2022

The Gauteng North High Court in Pretoria successfully convicted the accused of murder, attempted murder, unlawful possession of illegal and unlicensed firearms and ammunition, and transportation of unwrought precious metal on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

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The court sentenced the nine individuals to effective ten years direct jail on May 12, 2022, following the accused's conviction.

In July 2016, the National Intervention Unit investigated information about possible illegal mining activity in the Benoni area, east of Johannesburg.

On the same day, authorities executed a sting operation in the Benoni precinct, successfully intercepting a positively recognized Toyota Quantum with twelve people. While approaching the suspicious car, police were shot at, and one of the officers, Constable Khumo Kingsley Tsineng, was injured.

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When police saw one of their unit members on the ground, they opened fire, killing one of the accused, Mboneleni Manqele, who was 38 years old at the time. Two others were injured.

Siphamandla Victor Xulu (39), Mehluleli Ndlovu (39), Phikwankosi Mbongiseni Shezi (37), Bhekani Bangelakhe Sithole (53), Zakhele Mdletshe (47), Philani Bhekimpilo Mdlolo (39), Kwenzokwakhe Mnchunu (34), Bonginkosi Mfaniseni Msweli (35 (26). Authorities discovered five illegal and unlicensed semi-automatic pistols, ammunition, and unwrought precious metal while searching the accused's vehicle. To aid in the investigation, authorities gathered strong evidence against the culprits.

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For additional investigation, the matter was moved to the Hawks' Serious Organised Investigation in Germiston. The two suspects, Zamokwakhe Petros Buthelezi (35) and Thokozani Zaphina Gumede (33) were rushed to the hospital for medical care but eventually died from gunshot wounds. Meanwhile, Constable Tsineng, who was 31 at the time, died in hospital three months later.

The accused was found guilty on all counts, including murdering an on-duty police officer, by the High Court. The accused were successfully sentenced to 20 years in prison for counts of murder, with 10 years suspended on the condition that they are not found guilty of the same offense or use of firearm; 10 years in prison for attempted murder; 10 years in prison for possession of illegal semi-automatic pistols; 10 years in prison for possession of unlicensed firearms; 10 years in prison for possession of ammunition; and 10 years in prison for possession of illegal semi-automatic pistols. The accused will serve all of their sentences simultaneously with the murder charges.

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