Three life sentences plus 95 years in jail for notorious Port Elizabeth criminal

MAY 13, 2016

Police in Port Elizabeth say thorough investigation and dedication resulted in lengthy sentences, three life sentences and an additional 95 years in jail, for a notorious Port Elizabeth criminal.

"These convictions result in justice for the victims concerned and the community feel safer when the perpetrators are incarcerated," said police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

According to the police, in a period of two years (between 2011 and 2013) Tulani Dikana Homsa (27 years) went on a rampage committing various serious crimes in the Booysens Park area before he was finally arrested in December 2013 after boarding a taxi to Mthatha.

"In 2011, police received information about 4 suspicious occupants in a vehicle in Booyens Park. The vehicle was spotted and stopped. Dikana was found in possession of three firearms (.38 revolver,9mm pistol and a7.65 pistol). He was arrested and charged for unlawful possession of firearms and unlawful possession of ammunition," said Colonel Naidu.

"In May 2013, Dikana visited a tavern in Booysens Park. He recognised two people with whom he had a previous altercation with ten years ago. He opened fire in the tavern, fatally wounding Xolani Gqo (32 years). He then went outside, shot and killed  Mbuyisile Sibobi (35 years). He returned inside the tavern and robbed the patrons of their belongings.  Police were investigating two cases of murder and two cases of armed robbery. He was not arrested, however, police were looking for him."

She said in December 2013, he visited another tavern in Booysens Park where he fired randomly at the patrons. Jonas Nbowanba (49 years) was fatally wounded while another three people sustained injuries. He also robbed the patrons of their belongings.

"Dikana was identified through CCTV footage at the tavern. Police opened a murder, three cases of attempted murder and three cases of armed robbery.

"Again in December 2013, an off duty police officer from SAPS Bethelsdorp recognised Dikana as he boarded a taxi to Mthatha," said Colonel Naidu.

"The police officer was in the same taxi. He immediately alerted detectives at Bethelsdorp, who started acting on the information. The taxi was pulled over by SAPS Grahamstown members. Dikana was again found in possession of three firearms (9mm pistol, .38 revolver and a 7.65 revolver). He was arrested and remained in custody until the finalisation of his cases."

Dikana was later positively linked to all the cases through DNA, ballistic, photo identification and video footage..

On Tuesday, 10 May 2016,  the Port Elizabeth High court sentenced Thulani Dikana as follows :

Count no

Offence Convicted

Sentencing

1

Unlawful possession of firearm

4 years

2

Unlawful possession of ammunition

3 years

3

Murder

Life imprisonment

4

Murder

Life imprisonment

5

Robbery with aggravating circumstances

15 years

6

Robbery with aggravating circumstances

15 years

7

Murder

Life imprisonment

8

Robbery with aggravating circumstances

15 years

9

Robbery with aggravating circumstances

15 years

10

Attempted murder

5 years

11

Attempted murder

5 years

12

Robbery with aggravating circumstances

8 years

13

Unlawful possession of firearm

6 years

14

Unlawful possession of ammunition

4 years

 

All the sentences imposed are to run concurrently with the life sentence imposed.

The cluster commander for Mount Road cluster commended the investigating team at SAPS Bethelsdorp and commented that "we are proud to see that hard work and dedication trumped above criminality and that our police members are working hard to ensure that criminals like Dikana are removed from our streets".