A KwaZulu-Natal man will spend 15 years behind bars after hijacking a truck laden with thousands of loves of bread outside Newcastle last year.

Vumani Gama, 35, was also sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition by the Madadeni regional court.

Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said Gama’s accomplice, Simphiwe Miya, 27, was sentenced to eight years for carjacking.

Mbele said the duo held a truck driver and his assistant at gunpoint when they were delivering bread to a local supermarket in April last year.

Mbele said “They hijacked them and the truck with thousands of loaves of bread and cash at gunpoint. A case of carjacking was opened at the Osizweni police station for investigation”.

She added that “The accused were arrested and charged for carjacking. During the arrest, Gama was found in possession of a firearm with ammunition”.