The Western Cape High Court has handed down a 170-year sentence to a 33-year-old parolee, for the murder of three people.

The unnamed man was also previously convicted of murder.

The National Prosecuting Authority’s Eric Ntabazalila says the man has now turned state witness and for that reason, he can’t be named.

He is going to testify against other gang members and gang leader, Elcardo Adams.

The convict confessed that Adams instructed them to murder Bradwin Craig Adams, Giuliano Christo Williams and Chervonne de Wet.

Ntabazalila says two of the victims were rival gang members, while the third was an innocent bystander.

“The director of prosecutions in the Western Cape, advocate Nicolette Bell, commended the prosecutor and the investigation team for securing the cooperation of the accused – to ensure that all who were involved in these crimes have their day in court and receive sentences that fit their crimes.”