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Policeman gets life sentence for foiled robbery

Clement Manzini and two other suspects were arrested in 2014 following a tip-off about a planned hijacking in Midrand.

FILE: Police cars at the scene where officers in a police helicopter shot two suspects on the N1 north after a foiled robbery on 30 October 2014. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – A former police officer has been handed a life sentence for his involvement in a foiled hijacking.

Clement Manzini and two other suspects were arrested in 2014 following a tip-off about a planned hijacking in Midrand.

When police tried to arrest them a shootout and high-speed chase ensued before the criminals crashed into a ditch.

Two suspects wearing police uniform died on the scene, while Manzini and the other others were arrested.

The Hawks’ Hangwani Mulaudzi says, “Some are still on the run, so we have employed all the resources to make sure that we apprehend them so that they can also face the music.”