A Manenberg man’s been handed 25 years behind bars for the murder of a young rival gangster.

But just as the authorities close one case, another Manenberg resident has fallen victim to a deadly robbery.

In September 2017, Moegamat Oliver opened fire on a 16-year-old, murdering him just outside his Manenberg home.

It was another casualty in the gang war between the Hard Livings and the Americans.

Police say they struggled to find witnesses or gather evidence, but detectives persevered.

“It took the serious violent crimes unit detectives six weeks from the suspect’s first appearance to finalise the case,” says the Western Cape’s Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Burger.

And on Tuesday, Oliver was sentenced to 25 years in jail.

He also received 10 years for carrying an illegal gun, another two for ammo, 12 for being an accessory after the fact, and a further 10 years for being in a gang.

These sentences will run concurrently.

But Manenberg’s deadly cycle continues.

On the same day, a 23-year-old man was robbed and stabbed to death – and police say no one’s been brought to book yet.

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