A KZN taxi driver, who was transporting looters during the 2021 July civil unrest, has been sentenced to five years imprisonment.
Lungelo Nthenga (24), pleaded guilty to three counts of theft at the Durban Regional Court.
According to Natasha Ramkisson-Kara, KwaZulu-Natal National Prosecuting Authority Spokesperson, Nthenga used his vehicle to transport people to the Mobeni business industrial area, onn South Coast Road, so they could loot.
“He was arrested when his vehicle was stopped at a roadblock during a stop and search operation conducted by the police in order to deter looting conduct.
“His vehicle was loaded with tinned fish, rice, as well as items from the surrounding warehouses that were looted,” said Ramkisson-Kara.
In court, Regional Court Prosecutor Kuveshni Pillay presented statistics from the South African Property Owners Association(SAPOA) which showed that the province lost R50 billion during the unrest period.
“She said that the unrest and looting also caused a loss of foreign investment and tourism,” said Ramkisson-Kara.
She said the NPA welcomed this outcome as it reaffirms the rule of law in the country.