David Thabo Dube, 49, was sentenced to life in prison for the theft of cash and two attempted murders in 2000.

  • The 49-year-old convict, who is serving a life sentence, received 25 years in prison for theft with cash, committed 22 years ago.
  • Thabo Dube appeared before the Nelspruit Regional Court in Mpumalanga on Wednesday.
  • He was previously convicted of theft in 2017.

A 49-year-old convict serving a life sentence for theft in transit (CIT) has been handed a further 25-year sentence after being linked to a theft 22 years ago.

Thabo Dube, who appeared in the Nelspruit District Court in Mpumalanga on Wednesday, was found guilty of attacking a cash van traveling between Graskop and Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, on April 17, 2000.

On that day, a group of armed criminals bombed a van, stole almost a million rand and fled, Mpumalanga Hawks spokeswoman Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgatodi said.

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She said after more than two decades, the case was handed over to the Hawks for investigation.

“During the investigation, the accused was linked through fingerprints at the crime scene,” Sekgodi said, adding that authorities had determined that Dube had already served a 25-year sentence for a cash theft in Klerksdorp in October 2017.

According to Sekgodi, Dube was requisitioned from prison on June 30, 2022 to appear in court.

She said he remained in custody until Wednesday, when he was given an additional 25 years for the robbery and two counts of attempted murder.

The Hawks provincial head in Mpumalanga, Major General Zodwa Makoena, applauded the team’s determination and dedication to ensure justice was done.

“We will continue good relations with society to root out thorns from society,” she promised.

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