Two men were sentenced to 24 and 19 years in prison, respectively, after assaulting two women on a farm in the Alexandria area of the Eastern Cape in January this year.
Lumnkile Manene, 51, and Zukile Vena, 37, are both notorious criminals, Capt. Police spokesman Mali Govender said.
Menene had already had two previous convictions, robbery and escape from custody, and was on parole at the time of the attack. He was released a month before the attack. Vena had five previous convictions, three for housebreaking, theft and robbery, at the time of the attack.
The two women, both in their 70s, were attacked by three men armed with knives in the early hours of January 29. One of the women had lost her husband just three weeks before.
The dogs’ barking woke the women up and they stumbled into the men’s living room. The women’s hands are tied to chairs with cable ties and their legs with adhesive tape. The attackers then plundered the house and fled in one of the women’s bakkie with cash, household goods and a firearm about two hours later. Both victims were severely traumatized and sustained abrasions and bruises.
One of the women managed to free herself and called for help. Members of the Port Elizabeth Lightning Patrol noticed the vehicle on the R335 near Motherwell and a chase ensued.
Police shot one of the men, Mpathi Advocate Nkomonde, after a shootout. Nkomonde was out on bail in connection with a robbery at a farm in Somerset East. The other two men were arrested and the stolen goods were seized.
Manene and Vena were in custody during the trial in the Grahamstown High Court. Earlier this month, Judge Gerald Bloem found both men guilty of housebreaking with intent to rob and robbery with aggravating circumstances.
Menne was sentenced to 20 years in prison on the second charge and four years on the first charge. Vena was sentenced to 15 years in prison on the second charge and four years on the second charge.
Lieutenant General. Provincial Police Commissioner Liziwe Ntshinga welcomed the sentences.