Charges against OR Tambo airport heist suspects withdrawn

By News24 Wire
24 March 2017

The State has provisionally withdrawn charges against two men allegedly involved in the multi-million-rand OR Tambo International Airport heist.

 The State has provisionally withdrawn charges against two men allegedly involved in the multi-million-rand OR Tambo International Airport heist.

Mosiwa Steven Motani, 35, and Khululekai Sibanda, 31, appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Friday.

They were facing charges of robbery. The State conceded that the two men were brought to court outside the 48-hour limit.

However, Prosecutor Pieter Erasmus said he believed the State had a strong case against Motani.

The State re-enrolled Motani on a different charge sheet for robbery.

Motani was arrested in Polokwane on March 10 while Sibanda was arrested on March 11.

Five other men accused of being involved in the heist appeared in the same court on Monday afternoon.

Their case was postponed for a formal bail application on March 28 and 29.

Suspects in a marked police vehicle stole at least R24m in foreign currency from a South African Airways plane on March 7.

Police launched a high-level investigation involving all law enforcement agencies.

Source: News24

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