Stabbing robber gets 15 years in jail

SAPS was pleased to report the successful conviction of a man who stabbed two Bathurst men while robbing them of their groceries last year.

Sakhumzi Rwedana, 32, was sentenced to 15 years in jail earlier this month for the incident which took place on October 20.

Police spokeswoman Captain Mali Govender said Rwedana was arrested three days after accosting the men, aged 56 and 61, as they exited a shop in Bathurst.

The 56-year-old was attacked first and stabbed in the left side of his face.

“When the complainant’s friend tried to intervene and stop the accused he was stabbed twice on the left side of his face. The accused then grabbed the complainant’s groceries and ran away,” Govender said.

Both men required stitches for their wounds.

“The investigating officer worked relentlessly in securing a prosecution on this case,” Govender said.

“The good relationship between prosecutors and the investigating officer is imperative in securing a conviction and sentence in a criminal case.”

Rwedana was charged with a count of aggravated robbery and a count of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

He was found guilty in the Port Alfred Regional Court on both counts on June 1 and sentenced to 15 years in jail for the robbery and two years for the assault. The sentences will run concurrently.


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