A 43-year-old man, who attempted to rob a cash-in-transit (CiT) car in northern KwaZulu-Natal and fatally shot one officer, has been sentenced to 45 years behind bars.
The Pietermaritzburg high court reached a verdict in relation to Michael Siphosihle Nkosinathi Hlatshwayo on Thursday, more than a year and a half since the incident had occurred. The accused was facing multiple charges including murder and attempted murder.
“The acting DPP would like to commend the great work and collaboration between the prosecution and the police to secure a conviction and ensure that justice is served,” NPA spokesperson Natasha Kara stated.
In November 2017, Hlatshwayo was among a group of armed criminals who pursued the CiT vehicle and forced it to stop in the Dalton area of Eshowe. The perpetrators were offloading cash, when the police squads arrived and a shootout began. Under the rain of bullets, three were killed while Hlatshwayo sustained a non-fatal wound to his hip. The law-enforcement unit managed to apprehend the suspect.