School burglar sentenced to six years in prison

At least one school burglar will be off the streets for an extended period of time after receiving a six-year sentence for direct imprisonment.

“Sizwe Tshabalala, 33, (school burglar) of Extension Ten Ivory Park was sentenced to an effective six years in prison by the Tembisa Magistrate Court on Friday,” confirmed Ivory Park Police spokesperson Captain Ben Matimulane.

Ben Matimulane said, “Tshabalala, considered a serial thief, was caught by security officers of the said school while he was busy stealing stationery and foodstuffs from the school.”

This substantial punishment was applauded by the Ivory Park SAPS station commander.

“He has welcomed the sentencing last Friday of a local man for burglary at the JB Matabane Secondary School which happened in August last year,” said Captain Matimulane.

He added: “Seeing that he had been seen, Tshabalala dropped the items and fled but was caught while still in the school’s grounds”.

“We are glad and proud that once he was assigned the docket, Detective Constable Elvis Mangena made a thorough background check on Tshabalala, thus ensuring that bail was successfully denied and that he underwent the entire trial while in jail,” said Brigadier David Mbongeni Ngcobo, the Ivory Park SAPS station commander.

Brigadier Ngcobo further commended Mangena on the sentence, noting that while penalties are imposed by the courts, they primarily depend on the quantity of evidence acquired by the police.

Brigadier Ngcobo stated that the local schools would be ecstatic to learn that one of the troublesome individuals has been completely removed from their neighborhood.

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