By Robert Maswanganyi
Polokwane- The Limpopo South African Police Service (SAPS) is currently enjoying the acquisition of heavy jail terms given to Matjawela Jeffery Moagi (31), Sechube Shelenge (28) and Ishmael Shai (33) for their roles in serious and violent crimes related to taxi violence, passed by the High Court in Polokwane.
Ishmael Shai aged 33 who is also a queue Marshal under Letaba taxi association from Lorraine village, was sentenced to ten(10) years imprisonment for attempted murder.
The three accused were sentenced following a lengthy taxi violence between the two rival groups that erupted in the Sekororo area during 2016.
On 2016-10-31, a group of taxi operators and owners including the three accused, went to Lorraine village armed with assortment of weapons including firearms and started attacking the rival group.
Matjawela Jeffrey Moagi, a taxi owner under Letaba Taxi Association from Lorraine village in the Sekororo area under Maake Policing area outside Tzaneen, was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder ten(10) years jail sentence imposed for attempted murder, five (05) years imprisonment for assault and one(01) year imprisonment for theft.
Sechube Shelenge, who is a taxi queue Marshal under Letaba taxi association from Loraine village was sentenced fifteen (15) years imprisonment for murder and ten(10) years imprisonment for attempted murder.
Ishmael Shai, who is also a queue Marshal under the Letaba taxi association from Lorraine village, was sentenced to ten(10) years imprisonment for attempted murder.
Limpopo Police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said during the process, Moses Mitsileng (33), attached to De-Oaks taxi association was killed. The accused further stole cell phone and cash amount of money from the deceased.
They further assaulted and attempted to kill several other people using various objects including firearms.
“Last week Friday, ten(10) suspects aged between 26 and 44 were arrested in the Hoedspruit Policing area outside Phalaborwa after another taxi violence erupted in the same area between the two taxi associations.
All these suspects are still in custody with no bail until the 04th February 2019,” said Ngoepe.
“Limpopo SAPS provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has commended members of the provincial tracking team for their dedication and commitment displayed in acquiring such long jail terms.
“All those people out there who are still perpetrating any form of crime related to taxi violence, are warned to refrain from such acts, not so, we are going to deal with them mercilessly and without compromise,” concluded General Ledwaba