Jacob Lebogo granted R5000 bail in Boy Mamabolo shooting case

2014-09-18 14:49

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Attempted murder accused Jacob Lebogo had had his firearm licence for about five months when he allegedly shot and wounded ANC branch chairperson Boy Mamabolo.

This was revealed by the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Malesela Ledwaba, and paved the way for Lebogo to be granted R5 000 bail in the Polokwane Magistrates’ Court today.

Malesela said records showed that Lebogo had obtained a firearm licence on March 25 this year and that he had handed over his firearm to him.

State prosecutor Jacky Mabasa on Monday said that although Lebogo had handed in his firearm, the state was not certain yet whether it was the firearm used in the alleged crime.

Mabasa explained that Lebogo’s firearm carried 15 rounds of ammunition but when it was handed in, it only had 13 bullets. According to police reports three shots or more were fired at the scene.

In his affidavit, Ledwaba said he was not opposing Lebogo’s bail, saying the suspect was not a flight risk and that he had turned himself in. He stated that Lebogo did not have any pending matters or previous convictions.

The state also agreed to Ledwaba’s proposed R20 000 bail. This was successfully brought down to R5 000 by Lebogo’s lawyer, Tumi Mokwena.

He said his client was self-employed and ran several shops. He made a monthly profit of about R30 000 and had monthly expenses of R20 000.

Mokwena argued why the state was proposing R20 000 when it was satisfied that Lebogo was not a flight risk and not worried that he may not attend court hearings.

In the end, magistrate Anne van der Merwe granted Lebogo R5000. The decision was widely welcomed with soft cheers and clapping from the side of the courtroom comprising the accused’s supporters.

The other side was occupied mainly by a group of people wearing ANC colours including the party’s women’s league members.

Lebogo is accused of shooting and wounding Mamabolo during a Metro FM party at a night spot known as Waterland in Polokwane on Sunday night.

Three other people sustained bullet wounds and were treated and discharged. Mamabolo was still recuperating in hospital. Police said he was shot at three times, allegedly by Lebogo.

In an affidavit supporting his bail application on Tuesday, Lebogo cited self-defence and indicated that he would plead not guilty to a charge of attempted murder.

Meanwhile, there was a heated exchange of words between the two groups of supporters when they left the courtroom. The incident happened while the other group was walking away from the court building.

An ANC supporter could be heard saying: “We don’t really care whether [Lebogo] gets bail or not. We’re interested in the final judgment. He must be imprisoned for his deeds.”

Lebogo will be back in court on November 14.

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