‘5-minute’ accused get bail

2008-10-24 00:00

Two alleged members of the “five-minute gang” whose reputed lightning burglaries plagued the northern suburbs, were granted bail of R20 000 each by Judge Nic van der Reyden in the Pietermaritzburg High Court yesterday.

They are Ntokozo Majola and Jabulani Radebe, of kwaMashu. They must report to the kwaMashu police twice a week.

They are charged with Sibongiseni Zwane and Mdeni Vilakazi.

They were refused bail in the magistrate’s court, but Van der Reyden overturned the refusal for Majola and Radebe.

The charge sheet alleges that they committed two burglaries and a malicious injury to property offence when a house door was broken with a hammer.

Their counsel, advocate Shayne Matthews, said that for a burglary the sentence could be three or five years’ jail. Members of the gang were not armed and they burgled empty houses.

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