01 October 2020
PRETORIA – Two men convicted of attempted murder, aggravated robbery as well as possession of unlicenced firearms and ammunition after following their victims from the OR Tambo International Airport have been sentenced to combined 76 years.
SAPS spokesperson, Colonel Brenda Muridili said the duo was charged after an incident of airport following which occurred in Oakland, Johannesburg, in February 2017.
“It was reported that Kenneth Ngwenya and Eve Ndlovu followed the victim who had just collected his sister from OR Tambo International Airport to Oaklands in Johannesburg. When the pair arrived home the family was approached by two armed men who commanded them to lay on the ground while the men robbed them of their personal belongings,” said Muridili.
A shot went off, hitting the father on his chest and the assailants fled the scene.
“The investigation was taken over by the detectives at National Investigation Unit and eight days later, on 10 February 2017, the detectives traced Ndlovu and Ngwenya to Norwood where they were arrested and charged with attempted murder, aggravated robbery as well as possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, ” said Muridili.
She said during 2017/2018 financial year, the incidents of motorists being followed from the busy airport and getting robbed at their destinations started to spike.
“The joint operational team at OR Tambo International Airport enhanced its interventions both proactively and reactively and since then, these type of incidents started to show a steady decline with no cases reported in the last few months,” said Muridili.
She said the conviction and sentencing of the two men will serve as” a huge deterrent” to other would-be criminals.
“We are appealing to the public to always report any criminality to our SAPS Crime Stop number 086 00 10111 or to send tip-offs on MySAPS App. All information received will be treated with confidentiality,” the SAPS appealed.