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Gang member sentenced to two life terms and 71 years in prison

The Gauteng South High Court sentenced a 25-year-old gang member to prison on 13 May. Kemal Zita is reportedly a member of the Varados gang.


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A Varados gang member found guilty of five attempted murder charges and “aiding and abetting criminal activities” in Gauteng was sentenced to two life terms and 71 years in prison.

Kemal Zita, 25, was also found guilty for being in possession of unlawful guns and ammunition. The Gauteng South High Court sentenced him on Thursday, 13 May.


Raymond Jansen, a victim, was shot and killed by Varados gang members Faldeen Sampie Marks and Kemal Zita on 2 September 2017. The duo also shot and injured two other people during the same incident.

Two days later, on 4 September 2017 still in Westbury, the gang members fired shots that killed Ricardo Smith and injured three other victims.

Police arrested both suspects and the Provincial Commercial Crime Investigation Unit carried out the investigation, gathering necessary evidence that led to the successful conviction and sentencing of the suspects.

Gang member Faldeen Marks is already serving 274 years in prison after he was “convicted on numerous murders in relation to gangster violence”.

Police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said that police in Gauteng “received a boost” when Zita, who is from Westbury, was sentenced on Thursday. According to police the prison sentences will run concurrently.  


South African Police Service (SAPS) Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, commended Sergeant Antonio Chrispian Moutrey on “building a watertight case” that ultimately led to the successful conviction and sentencing of the gang members.

“This is the result of a committed, hardworking and dedicated investigating officer.

 “Combating of gang-related crime remains a priority of the SAPS in Gauteng and such a sentence will send a strong message to those who are still involved in gangsterism often associated with serious and violent crime,” said Mawela.

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