Warrant Officer Marcus Phuti Mongalo was shot dead in 2010 while walking home in Mashashane, said Colonel Ronel Otto. “He was overpowered by three men while opening his gate, and forced inside his home.”
They threatened to kill his wife if she did not give them money. They then took Mongalo outside and shot him twice before speeding off in his Toyota Hilux bakkie, said Otto.
Mongalo died on the scene. His bakkie was found about a kilometre away. Otto said the three men were arrested. One of them died of natural cause during the investigations.
“The other two suspects have been in custody since their arrests. They were never afforded bail,” she said.
Jonas Tlou Dolo, 30, and Steven Malesela Thoka, 27, were also sentenced to 15 years for armed robbery, five for unlawful possession of a firearm and three for unlawful possession of ammunition.
Limpopo police commissioner Lt-Gen Fannie Masemola said he believed the sentence would send a strong message to those involved in police attacks.
“The court could not have passed a more fitting sentence and this will certainly send out a strong message that crime does not pay,” he said.