Man, 28, gets 20 years for robbery and kidnapping

Thembela Malawu, 28, has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for robbing and kidnapping a Kraaifontein man.

Kraaifontein police have welcomed the sentence, following Malawu’s conviction, on Monday August 5.

He was found guilty for his part in the robbery and kidnapping of Fundile Miningwa at his home in Ndondu Street, just after 10pm on September 2 last year.

Malawu was given 15 years direct imprisonment for robbery and five years for kidnapping.

According to a Kraaifontein police statement, Mr Miningwa was at home when he heard two gunshots outside. He looked out through the window and saw Malawu pointing a gun at him.

Malawu was joined by five men and they forced Mr Miningwa into his company car, a Mercedes Benz Vito, and drove off with him in the vehicle.

The men took his wallet, cellphone and bank card.

They also forced him to give up his bank PIN number.

They drove Mr Miningwa to Kayamandi, Stellenbosch, where five of the robbers got out to draw R3 000 from his bank account, while Malawu, who was driving, and Mr Miningwa stayed in the car.

Kraaifontein police spokesman, Captain Hein Hendricks, said a police vehicle had passed them, and Mr Miningwa had grabbed Malawu and alerted the police.

The other five robbers got away.