My father and I were tortured - SSA theft accused

2016-01-25 13:35


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Pretoria - One of the men accused of stealing R17m in foreign currency from the State Security Agency told the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Monday that police tortured him and his father.

William Mmotong said investigators were pushing to get a confession out of him.

"I was taken to Visagie Street [police station] where I was assaulted and tortured. I had a plastic bag put over my head. I also learned that my father was arrested and also tortured," he said in an affidavit submitted as part of his bail application on Monday.

His lawyer Joshua Mashao read it to the court.

He was denied phone calls, he claimed. He told the court he was not a flight risk and should be granted bail. It was not immediately clear what happened to his father.

Three people were arrested in connection with the theft. Mmotong, a driver, and Khayalethu Mgatyelwa, a security guard, were arrested first. The alleged mastermind, Albert Ramabele, handed himself to police on Friday.

Mmotong and Mgatyelwa appeared in court last week, and the matter was postponed to February 18 for further investigation.

The men allegedly stole millions from a safe at the agency's Pretoria headquarters between Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Mgatyelwa was out on R5 000 bail.

The court would rule on the bail application on Wednesday.

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