Tebogo Msimanga |
The Johannesburg high Court sentenced an illegal miner, Bhekisisa Samora Dlamini (38), to life in prison plus 103 years for the murdering of Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) officer, Johannes Jacobus Van Der Linde, in June 2021.
Linde and five of his colleagues were searching for illegal miners in the bushes around Primrose when they were shot at by the accused and his illegal miners’ friends. The officers returned fire, but unfortunately, Van Der Linde was fatally shot during the crossfire.
Gauteng National Prosecution Authority ( NPA) spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said Dlamini was arrested at the scene, whilst his accomplices managed to escape. “The accused has been convicted of murder, five counts of attempted murder, possession of a prohibited firearm as well as unlawful possession of ammunition on 02 September 2022”.
Senior State Advocate Thamsanqa Mpekana, presented the Victim Impact Statement, detailing the impact the death of the officer had on his family.
Mjonondwane added that Judge Moosa, agreed that the crimes the accused was convicted of, were senseless and merciless. “He further stated that the level of the scourge of crimes committed using unlawful firearms, was alarming and that the courts must send a crisp message, by imposing robust sentences against perpetrators that show total disregard for the rule of law”.
The NPA commended Warrant Officer Ursula Kelly, from the Hawks in Germiston and Adv Mpekana, for their commitment to ridding society of heartless criminals.