Bees’ alleged card user remains in custody

2010-09-06 12:43

A 29-year-old man arrested in connection with the theft of Blue Bulls’ player Bees Roux’s credit cards will remain in custody at the Leeuwkop prison pending further investigations, the Pretoria Magistrates Court ruled today.

Vusumuzi Ntloko, of Mamelodi, was arrested on Friday afternoon for allegedly using the two credit cards at several outlets.

He appeared in the Pretoria Magistrates Court today on 12 counts of fraud and one of theft.

State advocate Mitric Luphondo argued that the court not release Ntloko on bail as he might tamper with material evidence, particularly at his workplace (Makro), where some electrical appliances where bought with one of Roux’s cards.

“There is huge amounts of money used at Makro,” Luphondo told the court, adding that some of the items bought had not yet been recovered.

According to the charge sheet, R3 798 was spent at Makro in Hatfield on August 27.

This transaction and others, amounting to more than R4 000, took place within minutes at various liquor stores and meat markets and included the purchase of cigarettes.

Other purchases, totalling about R500, were made at Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Luphondo said investigations were still being conducted into the vehicle used to carry out the crimes.

The bail application was postponed until September 13, at the State’s request.

Ntloko allegedly picked up the two credit cards at the scene where Tshwane metro police officer Ntshumane Johannes Mogale (38) was beaten to death, allegedly by Roux, on August 27.

Mogale’s body was found in Schoeman Street, Pretoria, with head injuries at 3am that Friday. He had apparently pulled Roux over earlier for suspected drunk driving.

Roux appeared in the Pretoria District Court last Monday and was granted R100 000 bail. It emerged then that his credit card was used at a McDonald’s fast food outlet in Silverton, when he was apparently in custody.

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