Sentencing took place at the Cape High Court on Thursday for Kaylem Bartlet, 20, Rushdien Meyer, 21, Garren Paulse, 39, and Amien Jaffer, 27, for their role in the death of Simon Johnson.
Johnson was a member of the West Sider gang, and was shot in the head on 30 October 2016 in Jonkershoek Street, Heideveld.
Paulse and Jaffer are leaders of the JFKs in Heideveld and the State said they believed themselves to be “untouchable and above the law”.
The court heard that Paulse and Jaffer handed firearms to Bartlet and Meyer and ordered them to take out any member of the West Siders.
The murder was captured on CCTV footage and formed part of the evidence during trial.
Manenberg Detective Jeffrey Witbooi worked around the clock to secure the arrests, especially that of the gang leaders.
The court heard that Paulse and Jaffer showed no remorse and that they were not suitable candidates for rehabilitation.
All four men were sentenced to life behind bars, three years under the Prevention of Organised Crime Act (Poca), 10 years for attempted murder, 15 years for the possession of a firearm and three years for the possession of ammunition.
The sentences will run concurrently.
The court also heard that Meyer, Paulse and Jaffer fathered a total of 17 children between them.
Family of the men burst into tears outside court, but a friend of Simon Johnson said he was happy about the sentence: “They killed a lot of people before, so we are happy that they are going to jail for life.”