Well-known Port Elizabeth gangster gets life imprisonment

APRIL 1, 2015

The South African Police Services' (SAPS) efforts in fighting gang-related crimes and gangsterism in the Port Elizabeth’s Northern Areas were once again rewarded when a well-known gang member was sentenced to life imprisonment at the Port Elizabeth High Court on Tuesday.  

Franklin Louw, 39, was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, 15 years for illegal possession of a firearm, seven (7) years for attempted murder and four (4) years for the illegal possession of ammunition.

All the sentences will run concurrently.  

Louw was involved in a shooting incident on the 24 June 2013 in Drew street, Shaurderville, Gelvandale.

The deceased Wayne Leonard, 20, was working on a vehicle with his friend when the suspect came walking towards them with a fire arm and started to fire shots.

The friend managed to escape, but Leonard collapsed in the street.  Louw is believed to have walked up to him and shot him dead. 

Louw then went after the friend and shot him in the leg. 

Thorough investigation by the SAPS' Gang Task Team, led to the identification of Louw as the suspect and in November 2014, he was arrested.

He was denied bail and was remanded in custody for the duration of the trial.

Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt General Celiwe Binta commended the Gang Task Team for the conviction and sentence of the well-known suspect.

“This is the outcome of the commitment and hard work of dedicated investigation officers and other specialized disciplines of the SAPS. I welcome the sentences because combating of gang-related crimes and criminal activities is a priority of the South African Police Service and such a sentence will certainly help deter people from committing such crimes.”

She further implored communities to work together with the police.

“Be the eyes and ears of the police and report crime and criminal activities at all times,” she said.