Malema bodyguard ‘planned cash heist’

2011-04-16 09:41

Julius Malema’s Durban-based chief bodyguard is accused of conspiring to commit a cash-in-transit robbery and is standing trial.

The Citizen reported today that Captain Shane Smith from Durban’s organised crime unit said Adriaan Snyman and his associate, who worked for SBV Services at the time, allegedly planned to stage an armed robbery in which R4 million would be stolen.

“I don’t want to convict the man in the media, but he is facing some very serious charges and if he is convicted, faces 15 or more years in jail,” Smith said.

“Initially, there was talk that he would plead guilty, but the trial is continuing. If he is convicted, he would be prevented from working in the security industry and would not be allowed firearm licences,” he said.

Snyman and his associate allegedly approached two Bluff police officers to assist them in the robbery. However “after getting cold feet” one of the officers went to SBV and informed them of the plan.

Smith said the alleged robbery was going to be a simple organised handover after which a false case of armed robbery would be opened. The guards were going to claim they were robbed at gunpoint. 

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