Man found guilty of “mob justice” related murder while enhanced investigations see more convicted criminals thrown behind bars

PARKTOWN - Police have on numerous occasions cautioned members of the public to refrain from taking the law into their own hands lest they find themselves committing serious crimes, wittingly or unwittingly.

Thulani Mthiyane was on the list of police's wanted suspects when he was arrested in November last year for stabbing a 33-year old victim two months earlier.

Further investigations linked Mthiyane to a 2016 incident of mob justice where a 26-year old male victim was set alight at N17 informal settlement in Springs.

On 22 July 2019, the Springs Regional Court found Mthiyane guilty of incitement to commit murder for which he will spend 15 years behind bars, and 3 years imprisonment for assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

In a separate case following another bout of quality investigation, Garry Viljoen, 36, was found guilty and sentenced a week ago in the Springs Regional Court to 15 years imprisonment for murder and 3 years for attempted murder.

Police investigations proved that Viljoen was behind the November 2018 murder of 37-year old David Pretorius who succumbed to injuries in February 2019, and the attempted murder of Pieter Rossouw.

Police successfully traced Viljoen and arrested him in April 2019 in Richards Bay, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Meanwhile, Devon police have also been commended for seeing justice served after a 61-year old male suspect was found guilty of attempted murder related to domestic violence in the Nigel Magistrate Court on 19 July 2019. Thomas Mayisa on 04 September 2016, fled after attacking his wife with an axe in their house at Impumelelo informal settlement in Devon. The victim is now disabled due to injuries sustained during the attack. He will serve 5 years in prison.

Gauteng Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, has expressed his appreciation to the Detectives in Gauteng for heeding the call to make quality investigations a norm. "The high number of arrests we make weekly remain futile until those arrested suspects are successfully convicted and given appropriate sentences. It is thus pleasing to note the daily convictions and multiple long term sentences emanating from water-tight investigations. This will surely take us a long way in winning the war on crime and ridding our communities of hardened criminals," cited General Mawela.

Source: South African Police Service