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‘Sentence against 28s gang boss too lenient’

The state is calling for at least two additional life terms relating to the convictions of racketeering.

FILE: Leader of the 28s gang, George 'Geweld' Thomas. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The prosecution against gang boss George 'Geweld' Thomas has argued the judge was too lenient in her sentencing.

The state is calling for at least two additional life terms relating to the convictions of racketeering.

Prosecutor Willie Viljoen has argued the racketeering charges are more significant than the seven murders Thomas was found guilty of.

Viljoen argued that the court erred in handing down sentences of 18 and 10 years for racketeering convictions handed down to gang boss.

He believes racketeering should be the main charge and carry the heaviest sentence as all the murders were committed in service of the 28s gang.

The prosecutor says if the lighter sentences for racketeering are upheld, Thomas's seven life sentences and 175 additional years should not run concurrently.

He says the racketeering charges must carry life sentences, because it is not appropriate that they run concurrently with the sentences for murder, which he believes is a lesser charge.

Prosecutors have argued that the court has not adequately addressed charges relating to the possession of illegal weapons.

Viljoen says the hunting rifle in question was equipped with a silencer and telescope, which shows a determined purpose to kill.

He argues a prescribed maximum sentence of 25 years should've served as a guideline for sentencing and has called on the court to double the current sentence of 10 years.

The court found Thomas, an exceptional marksman, had hunted down and executed his victims like animals.

Meanwhile, Correctional Services says it cannot reveal where Thomas will be incarcerated for security reasons.

Correctional Services had identified five facilities where Thomas may be imprisoned.

Spokesperson Simphiwe Xako said they are under strict instruction not to divulge Thomas's whereabouts.

He says Thomas is already in the high security prison he will serve seven life sentences in.

"He is a very high profile-offender and we are under strict instruction not to divulge. We do not want any drama around his incarceration."

Correctional Services also confirmed Thomas wasn't among eight convicted gangsters involved in an accident on the N2 in Port Elizabeth.

They were being transported to C-Max prison in Kokstad, KwaZulu-Natal.

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