Pretoria North Magistrates’ Court sentenced two foreign nationals on Tuesday to 26 years combined prison time for housebreaking and being in the country illegally.
The court convicted and sentenced Azara Josea Nyungule, 36, of Mozambique, and Tatendo Tupudza, 22 of Zimbabwe, to 20-year and six years, respectively. The pair were found to be unfit for possessing firearms.
The pair were arrested for housebreaking and of being unlawful in the country following a trail of crimes, where Nyungele was convicted of 11 counts, and Tupudza was convicted of one count.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Pretoria region’s Spokesperson, Lumka Mahanjana, said the offences took place between May 2019 and January 2022, when they broke into the complainants’ homes while they were sleeping and stole luxury items.
Suspects were arrested on January 27, 2022, after breaking into houses in Annlin and Sinovolle.
In their guilty plea statement, they admitted to stealing these items for the purpose of selling them.
In aggravation of the sentence, Prosecutor Rabia Ebrahim told the court that such crimes are common in the area controlled by the court.
In each case of housebreaking, luxury items were stolen, totalling over R10000 each, said Ebrahim, adding that the reasons for the crimes were unjustified.
The court therefore sentenced Nyungele, of Mozambique, to 20 years, and Tupudza, of Zimbabwe, to six years in prison.