A Tembisa magistrate has jailed a man for 15 years for robbing a passerby of a pair of takkies.
Kaizer Raboleke Tiro, 30, of Moriting Section, was stunned when magistrate Gideon van Wyk imposed the sentence on him in Tembisa magistrate's court on Monday.
Tiro, a first offender, robbed a 32-year-old man off his belongings in November last year.
The man was on his way to work in Olifantsfontein on November 18 at about 4am when he was approached by Tiro and three other men at Phumasilwe informal settlement. Tiro pointed a firearm at him and demanded money and a cellphone.
Tiro then searched his victim and took his Nokia 1100 cellphone and a R100 note before ordering him to take off his Adidas sneakers worth R800.
Tiro and his group then disappeared into one of the nearby shacks.
The man walked barefoot to Tembisa police station, which is about a kilometre from the scene, where a charge of robbery with aggravating circumstance was opened.
The victim went to the shack with police and Tiro was arrested.
He was charged with robbery with aggravating circumstances and possession of a firearm.
He pleaded not guilty to both charges.
Tiro was found guilty of robbery and not guilty on the count of possession of a firearm, which turned out to be a toy.
Police spokesman Constable Tebogo Sesing said: "We are very happy with the sentence as it will serve as a deterrent to others.
"We would like to encourage residents to report any form of criminal activities in their areas and the perpetrators will be punished."