The suspects were each sentenced to 60 years in prison.
She was then confronted by three suspects, who were carrying a knife, a spanner and a screwdriver.
“We are appealing to the public who have any knowledge of the crime to get in touch with the police,” says Springs police spokesperson Capt Johannes Ramphora.
Thereafter, they attempted to force entry into the house with a crowbar but ran off when the lady of the house pressed the alarm.
The victim was later transferred to the boot of the car and was driven to an open veld where the suspects dumped him, took his cellphone and started stripping the vehicle.
It appeared as though the victim was murdered and burned where he was found.
Suspects took liquor, cellphones and money to the total value of R12 570.
Bishop Jabu Ndaba (52) was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Springs Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
No shots were fired during the course of the robbery.
The victim’s neighbours contacted his sister who called the ambulance after she arrived but the victim had already died by the time it arrived.
Should he be spotted, the public is urged to call Det Sgt Thabo Njwambe on 083 745 4244.