Former Hard Livings gang boss Rashied Staggie will have to stay behind bars for the remainder of his 13-year jail term in connection with the theft of a haul of arms and ammunition from the Faure police station six years ago, after he lost his Cape High Court appeal this morning.
But each of the six men who shared the dock with Staggie, who also appealed to the High Court, had their sentences reduced.
Staggie was found guilty of the theft of 20 R5 rifles, 12 R1 rifles, 18 shotguns, eight pistols and almost 5 000 rounds of ammunition.
The arms were apparently to be used to arm gangsters against anti-drug group, Pagad.
The Community Outreach Forum, formed by gangs across the Cape Flats after the 1996 public lynching of Staggie's brother Rashaad, was also believed to have wanted to use the arms to protect themselves against Pagad.
Staggie has already served four years at Helderstroom Prison in Caledon.
In May 2004, the Bellville Regional Court sentenced Staggie to an effective 13 years behind bars, together with co-accused Roland Olince and Daniel O'Connell.
Ricardo Adams was sentenced to 12 years, while Abdul Gaffoor Ganief and Graham Greentree each received sentences of 10 years.
Roderick Collins, a former policeman, was sentenced to 15 years behind bars.
The men asked former Regional Magistrate André le Grange for leave to appeal their convictions and sentences, but he refused the applications.
They then petitioned the Cape High Court for leave to appeal and in November 2006 the court ruled that their applications for leave to appeal be argued before two judges.
The applications were argued this morning before Acting Justice Sven Olivier and Justice Willem Louw who confirmed Staggie's sentence.
The convictions of Staggie's six co-accused were also confirmed but the court reduced their sentences.
Ganief and Adams were sentenced to an effective nine years, Olince's sentence was reduced to 11 years, Greentree was sentenced to an effective eight years, O'Connell's effective sentence was reduced to nine years, while Collins's sentence was reduced to 12 years.