By: Otto Ngoveni
The Limpopo Provincial Hawks welcome the harsh sentence given to the culprits who are involved in police killings.
Thomas Nunu Makanye (33) and Simon Setwanye Monakedi (37) were sentenced to life imprisonment by Polokwane High Court on Monday, 09 October for killing a cop.
On 23 January 2016 W/O Joel Seloga who was attached to Groblersdal Cluster detectives was assisting Brits police to locate a suspect who was sought for committing crime.
The suspect was located in Madibung village at the funeral and the police tried to arrest him but the community charged at them and started to chase after them until they caught W/O Seloga who was disarmed and shot dead with his service pistol.
The intensive investigation by Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Unit ensued and resulted in the arrest of accused number one (Makanye) at his home in Jane Furse who was found in possession of the service pistol of W/O Seloga.
The investigation continued until it led the police to accused number two, (Monakedi) who was also arrested.
Monakedi was granted R5000 bail during his trial whilst Makanye was denied bail and remanded in custody.
Both accused were convicted by Polokwane High Court on 9 October 2017 and sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, six (6) years imprisonment for theft of firearm, four (4) years imprisonment for possession of unlicensed firearm, one (1) year imprisonment for unlawful possession of ammunition and six (6) months imprisonment for defeating the ends of justices. All these sentences will run concurrently.
The Acting Provincial Head Brigadier Nare Mabotja commended the investigation team for working tirelessly until the case was finalised.
“This will send a strong and vivid message that to kill a cop is like committing serious crime against the state and for that there will be dire consequences”. He said.