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Life Imprisonment Plus 78 Years For Cash In Transit Robbers

In addition to the murder charge, the court also convicted the duo on multiple counts, including robbery with aggravating circumstances, attempted murder, possession of illegal firearms, and illegal possession of ammunition.

The High Court of South Africa, Eastern Cape Division, Makhanda, has handed down a severe sentence to Lwando Ntiyantiya (36) and Nkosekhaya Lloyd (38) for their involvement in a series of Cash in Transit robberies across the Eastern Cape.

The court sentenced them to life imprisonment, along with an additional 78 years for their various crimes.

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The life sentence was specifically for the murder of Nkululeko Mtyingizane, a trolley assistant who was tragically used as a human shield during a gun battle with the police.

In addition to the murder charge, the court also convicted the duo on multiple counts, including robbery with aggravating circumstances, attempted murder, possession of illegal firearms, and illegal possession of ammunition.

The court ordered the sentences to run concurrently with the life sentence for murder. The two men, along with other unidentified individuals, specifically targeted security officers transporting cash, aiming to rob them of money and firearms.

The string of robberies included incidents such as the theft of R407,000 and a firearm from a cash loan business in Whittlesea on July 6, 2021. On September 9, 2021, the assailants confronted a security officer collecting money from a McDonald’s outlet in Amalinda, East London, stealing R33,900 and the officer’s firearm.

Another robbery occurred on January 15, 2022, when the men confronted a G4S security detail at Big Daddy Liquor Store in East London, making off with R269,000. The robbers were pursued by the driver of the cash-in-transit vehicle, resulting in a collision and their subsequent arrest.

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The final incident took place on March 22, 2022, when the robbers targeted security guards collecting money from a Shoprite Store in Centane. A shootout with the police ensued, during which one of the men used a bystander as a human shield, resulting in the bystander’s death.

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Barry Madolo, the Eastern Cape Director of Public Prosecutions, commended the prosecuting team and investigating officer for their work in securing the conviction and sentencing of Ntiyantiya and Lloyd. This significant sentence sends a strong message that such crimes will not be tolerated and serves as a deterrent to others contemplating similar acts of violence and robbery.

Justice has been served, and the court’s decision reflects the seriousness of these crimes and the impact they have on society.

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Keitumetse Modise for SurgeZirc SA
Keitumetse Modise for SurgeZirc SA
Keitumetse Modise is a passionate and dedicated local news writer who brings the latest news and updates from your community straight to your doorstep. With years of experience in journalism, Keitumetse has established herself as a reliable source of information, covering a wide range of topics that matter to you.
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