Well-known Port Elizabeth gangsters sentenced to a combined 41 years in jail

JANUARY 29, 2015

The Gang Task Team’s efforts in fighting gangsterism in the Port Elizabeth’s Northern areas were rewarded when two gang members were sentenced at the New Law Courts in Port Elizabeth on Monday and on Wednesday, Eastern Cape police said.

Virgel Williams was sentenced on Monday, to 24 years of which he will effectively be imprisoned for eight years on four counts of attempted murder, illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. 

He was involved in a shooting during January 2014 in Leight Street, Helenvale, where he fired various shots at a house.  No one was injured during the shooting. Virgel Williams was later arrested and was found guilty on 18 December 2014.

Ryno Kanemeyer was also sentenced on 28 January 2015 of which he will be effectively imprisoned for 17 years on three counts of attempted murder, illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. 

He was involved in a shooting during October 2013 in Gelvandale area where two people were shot and sustained injuries during the incident. He fled the scene and was later arrested.  

Maj Gen Dawie Rabie commended the Gang Task Team after the two well-known suspects were sentenced to imprisonment.

“The gang-related crime that we experience in the Northern areas is a concern and we will continue to arrest those involved in crime”, he added.

He further requested the community to join hands with the police by assisting with information about crime related to gangsterism.”