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Sentencing proceedings of 28s gang continues

17 convicted gangsters, including George Thomas, were found guilty of dozens of violent crimes.

FILE: An alleged leader of the 28s gang, George Thomas and his 17 co-accused in court on 4 May 2015, they collectively face 166 charges ranging from murder to attempted murder. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Sentencing proceedings against 17 convicted gangsters resumes on Monday in the Western Cape High Court.

The men, including a notorious gang boss, George 'Geweld' Thomas, were found guilty of dozens of violent crimes earlier this month.

Thomas and his co-accused were found guilty under the Prevention of Organised Crime Act of more than a dozen murders, as well as other crimes dating back to 2006.

A handful of friends and family, and Thomas, have already appeared in the witness stand since sentencing proceedings in the marathon trial got underway last week.

The court will today hear the defence's closing arguments in mitigation of sentence.

Janos Mihalik, the advocate for Thomas, last week asked the court to take into consideration that his client has been an awaiting trial inmate since 2008 and was last convicted 12 years ago.

Judge Chantel Fortuin has found Thomas guilty of orchestrating seven murders, including those of two state witnesses.

During the trial it emerged that in his time as an awaiting trial prisoner at five different facilities, the 49-year-old made more than 1,300 cellphone calls to his alleged henchmen in a bid to control his gang territory from behind bars.

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