uMlazi pair caught for bilking bail

2010-09-24 00:00

RECAPTURED at Margate on Wednesday after skipping bail, Eric Malunga (23) and co-accused Thami Dion Msomi (29) of uMlazi were yesterday ordered to stand trial in the high court in Pietermaritzburg on November 15.

Malunga was released on R20 000 bail.

According to the indictment, they are expected to stand trial on 31 counts.

Their former colleague, Montshiwa Choabi (23) of Diepkloof, was shot dead in Johannesburg.

Malunga and Msomi face 20 charges of attempted murder.

It is alleged that at a pension pay-out robbery at Mid-Illovo in May 2008, paymasters, security guards, three Mid-Illovo police officers, seven other police officers and other individuals were fired at.

An amount of R753 580 was taken and two people were injured.

The two are also charged with four aggravated robberies and the theft of two vehicles that were used in other crimes, including thefts of firearms.

Possession of a fully automatic firearm attracts a lengthy prison sentence.

Four counts of aggravated robberies also attract lenthy terms in jail.

Malunga and Msomi were arrested after a chase and shoot-out with police.

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