Gangsters get double life for 2018 Kleinvlei shooting that left two dead

Two gangsters were handed hefty sentences by the Cape Town High Court on Thursday, 19 May. Thando Manuel and Nathan Erasmus were both found guilty and sentenced for two murders, five attempted murders, illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.


Manuel and Erasmus – who is the second accused in the matter – went to a known drug house in Protea Street, Kleinvlei on 18 March 2018.

They reportedly pretended to be customers and spoke to people before they opened fire on three victims.

Two victims died at the scene while the third sustained a gunshot wound. The deceased were aged 31 and 32 years old at the time of the shooting, according to community newspaper, The Tygerburger.

“The suspects fled on foot but Kleinvlei SAPS members, with the aid of the community arrested one of the suspects. The second suspect was arrested during further investigations,” said police spokesperson Ndakhe Gwala.

A 9mm pistol and an R5 semi-automatic rifle were recovered at the scene and positively linked to the crime by forensic ballistic evidence.

Police investigation revealed that the shooting was related to a feud between different factions of the 28s gang in Kleinvlei and nearby areas.

“The accused were both found guilty on all the charges and were convicted and declared unfit to possess a firearm,” said Gwala.

Manuel was sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment for the murders and an additional 65 years for the other charges. Erasmus received double life as well with 60 years for the other charges.

The additional sentences will run concurrently with the life sentences. The Western Cape police management said it hopes the lengthy sentences make it clear that gangsters will not be tolerated.

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