Jail not nice, says serial escapee Moyo

2013-03-19 20:07
Bongani Moyo (File: Beeld)

Bongani Moyo (File: Beeld)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pretoria - He escaped from custody three times because jail was "not nice", self-confessed bank robber Bongani Moyo told the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Moyo, 30, and fellow Zimbabwean Khumbulani Sibanda, 32, were found guilty earlier this week on 15 charges including racketeering, bank robbery and escape.

They admitted to robbing six banks in Pretoria, Rustenburg, Boksburg and Roodepoort in April and May 2011, after escaping from prison with the help of warders in March that year.

Moyo is already serving sentences of 14 and three years' imprisonment for illegal possession of a firearm, and escape from custody at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court and the Pretoria Central prison.

Sibanda is serving sentences of 30 and 15 years' imprisonment for two previous armed robberies, including a bank robbery.

Moyo initially testified that he and Sibanda planned a series of armed bank robberies while they were in jail together, but later insisted the planning took place only after they had escaped.

"In jail it is not nice. If I have the co-operation of someone who would help me, I would co-operate," he said.

He assured the court that he would not escape again "because he'd shown remorse about what he did".

"I decided I'd rather face up to the bad news," he said.

Asked if he thought of himself as someone who could be trusted, Moyo told the prosecutor: "You cannot trust me, but I trust myself."

Moyo became tearful when he told the court he shared the pain of the bank tellers and customers who were robbed at gunpoint.

"I pleaded guilty because what I've done is very wrong.

"Speaking about this reminds me what happened and it makes me feel pain inside.

"I think the victims and I feel the same way. I think it is also painful in their hearts, like it is painful in my heart and also for my family," he said.

Moyo said he had grown up in poverty in Zimbabwe, where his disabled son and his daughter still lived with his sister.

He testified that he had decided to rob banks to provide for his family because he could not find any job, aside from picking peaches, in South Africa.

Sibanda said he was a widower who supported three children and two of his siblings, who were still at school.

He said he realised the robbery victims had been traumatised and he would ask their forgiveness if he ever came across them.

Moyo and Sibanda expressed enthusiasm for getting further training in prison and for finding jobs on their release.

Sibanda said he planned to become "more patient" and to work for a living when he returned to society.

"I've learnt that crime does not pay because the very people I intended to help, I've left behind without help," he said.

Sibanda testified that the police had shot dead a teacher who was renting a room on the property where he lived when they came looking for him.

He said he had applied for asylum status in South Africa, though the South African authorities had no record of his presence in the country.

- SAPA

Read more on:    bongani moyo
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
31 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
 

Land reform process lawful - Zuma

The land reform process is being done according to the law and the Constitution, says President Jacob Zuma.

 
 

Latest elections multimedia

11 Julius Malema quotes you'll never forget
DA won't get 30% - Zille
The EFF's ad was banned, see why
Why Jack Parow wants you to vote on 7 May
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Tuesday Century City - 05:58 AM
    Road name: Ratanga Road Southbound
    ROADWORKS - lane closure between Ocean Spirit Avenue and Century Boulevard (until mid April)
  • Tuesday Mitchells Plain - 05:58 AM
    Road name: Spine Road
    ROAD CLOSED between Weltevreden Drive and Seafarer Drive due to roadworks (until mid April)
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get 50% off selected books!

Buy 2 books and get 50% off the second book. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mother’s Day special offers!

Spoil mom with these awesome specials that will warm her heart. Shop now!

Twisp – the smoking alternative

Buy any 2 refills for R250 and save R149. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Mother’s Day specials on appliances

Browse our range of Mother’s Day appliances to spoil and pamper mom. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Canon EOS 600D

The Canon EOS 600D Digital Camera puts the widely respected...

From R5389.95

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be more sensitive today and can be influenced easily by the energies around you. Try not to be swayed too much by the...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.