Former police officer gets two life sentences for murder

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The Johannesburg High Court has sentenced a former policeman to 66 years in jail on Friday.

Clement Edward Manzini (38) had been found guilty of the murder of his two accomplices, attempted murder of SAPS members, possession of a R5 rifle, illegal possession of three pistols, conspiracy to commit murder and possession of car-remote jamming devices.

Acting head of the Hawks, Lieutenant General Yolisa Matakata welcomed the sentence.

“Nobody is outside the justice system. Nobody is above the law regardless of who you are,” she said.

“We have shown it [that nobody is above the law] in the past against organised crime, and we will continue to show it again.”

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Manzini, and two accomplice who both since skipped bail, Charles Ranyao (40), were sentenced to two life sentences for the murder of their accomplices, 25 years for the attempted murder of police officers, 15 years for possession of a R5 rifle, 15 years for illegal possession of three pistols, five years for conspiracy to commit murder and one year for possession of the jamming devices.

The other accomplice, Stellio Rosario Mkhize (38) skipped bail before the beginning of the trial so his case was not heard while Ranyao was found guilty in absentia.

Manzini was arrested on 2 September 2014 after a high-speed chase in a stolen car cloned to resemble a SAPS vehicle in Silverton, east of Pretoria. The police had received information about a five robbers in a SAPS vehicle in Midrand. When the police intercepted the vehicle, they fired at the police in a speeding car. During the chase, the robbers crashed their car along Garsfontein Road and were arrested.

In the car, police found two dead accomplices and a haul of munitions including 225 rounds of ammunition. The dead men wore police uniforms while the three survivors wore some items of a police uniform.

Manzini resigned from the SAPS when he was let out on bail.

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Matakata said the Hawks, with the assistance of other law enforcement agencies, would unleash all their resources to apprehend the “dangerous” Ranyao.

“We cannot allow any individuals to compromise the peace and security of our people,” she said.

Matakata said the Hawks’ dedication, commitment and resolve to solve serious crimes was absolute.


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