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Police welcome lengthy sentences for businessman Naeem Desai's killers

May 18, 2018
Police welcome lengthy sentences for businessman Naeem Desai's killers

Eastern Cape Provincial SAPS Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga, on Thursday welcomed the sentences handed down in the Port Elizabeth High Court on two murder and robbery accused.

"Criminals who have no respect for humanity and who cannot respect the rights of law abiding citizens must be punished and given the appropriate sentence that fit the crime," added Lt Gen Ntshinga.

On 12 May 2016, at about 06:00, Naeem Desai, 47, a prominent PE businessman was gunned down while seated in his bread delivery van outside a shop in Bramlin Markman Street in Helenvale in Port Elizabeth.

"His two assistants were inside the shop when they heard the sound of gunfire outside. Three people were seen running away. Desai’s firearm and cell phone was taken," police said.

"Within a week after the fatal incident, the two accused were arrested and charged for murder and aggravated robbery. They remained in police custody until the finalisation of the case. The motive for the shooting was robbery." 

On Thursday, both accused, who are members of the Kakdalers gang were sentenced as follows:

  • Deswin Kleinbooi (23) – murder – life imprisonment; Aggravated robbery- 15 years imprisonment. Sentences will not run concurrent.
  • Ashton Afrikaner (20) – murder – life imprisonment ; aggravated robbery – 15 years imprisonment ; possession of firearm- 15 years imprisonment and possession of ammunition – 3 years imprisonment. Sentences will not run concurrent.

"Sentences such as this will send out a stern warning to criminals that our police investigators will not rest and will make sure that cases are thoroughly investigated to ensure successful convictions.

"I applaud the contribution of the investigation team including the prosecuting authority for their dedication and relentless pursuit of this case. In order for us to win the war against crime, we all need to join hands and strengthen our partnerships towards achieving our common goal of a safe and secure country," continued Lt Gen Ntshinga.