Johannesburg – Last Friday the High Court sentenced convicted murderer and gangster Faldeen Marks, aka Saampie, to 275 years’ imprisonment.
Marks, 33, a known Cape Town gangster, was sentenced on multiple charges, including several counts of murder.
National police spokesman Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said between 2016 and 2017, Marks murdered four people in Westbury; and in September 2017 he murdered a fifth person in Eldorado Park. “In October 2017 he was arrested with a semi-automatic pistol. After being charged on 23 counts including the five murders, he was taken through the criminal justice process,” he said.
National police commissioner General Khehla Sitole has welcomed the sentence, saying it will serve as a deterrent for gang-related crimes and instill confidence in potential whistleblowers to come forward.
Sitole applauded the two Gauteng detectives as well as the forensic experts and prosecutors for their roles in ensuring the successful prosecution of Marks.
“The conviction and sentencing of this ruthless criminal will certainly help our cause to successfully combat gangsterism and reduce the murder rate in our country. This sentencing is indeed encouraging in that it will instill confidence in potential whistleblowers to come forward as well as serve as a deterrent to future gang-related crimes,” added Sitole.