Polokwane High Court on Thursday sentenced three men to life and 21 years in prison, respectively.
They were charged with violent crimes ranging from murder and armed robbery.
Klaas Khutso Ntsoane (38), Lucky Mokoena (39) were each sentenced to life plus 90 years imprisonment for murder, car hijacking, kidnapping and armed robbery.
The third accused Charles Modimola (39) was sentenced to 21 years for kidnapping and armed robbery.
The trio, from Tembisa, east of Johannesburg, Gauteng were arrested in 2014 amid intelligence led operation made out of the Provincial Crime Intelligence, the Provincial Tracking Team and Lephalale Cluster Task Team.
Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said their arrests follows an episode which happened on October 2014 when the suspects hijacked a Combi which was transporting Botswana nationals from Francistown to Johannesburg.
“The accused using police blue stopped the occupants outside Lephalale town and robbed them of their belongings. They further kidnapped the driver before lethally shooting him,” said Ngoepe.
He said during their arrest, the police recovered a gun, police uniform and a police blue light.
Ngoepe said the South African Police Service in Limpopo have welcomed the long jail term handed down to the accused.
The SAPS Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has offered his most profound thanks towards every one of these members who assumed a part in guaranteeing this turning point accomplishment.