World Cup courts in full swing

2010-06-15 15:27

The dedicated World Cup courts have seen over a dozen cases since

kick-off on Friday.

Cases heard since these courts started operating on May 28 include

alleged fraud, theft, possession of drugs and drunken driving.

Out of those arrested, 13 were foreigners while eight were South

African citizens.

At least seven of the 15 cases have been finalised, with those

found guilty paying fines of up to R6 000.

The heaviest sentence – 15 years imprisonment – was handed down to

Bright Madzudzu and George Magubane for robbing foreign journalists at the

Nutbush Boma Lodge in Hekpoort, Magaliesburg, last Sunday.

Other cases include:

» Darko Skok from Slovenia was

arrested for alleged drunken driving.


Chiwanga Mesina from the United Kingdom was arrested for possession of dagga

last week. He paid an admission of guilt fine of R400.

» Wilson Delfin Soto Caldoron was arrested for alleged


» Mgcini Mantsha, a

South African, was convicted of stealing four laptops to the value of R33 000 on


» Tom Tsebe, a South African, is

accused of stealing €200 (R1 872).


J. Schall, a German national, was arrested for alleged crimen

injuria. The prosecutor said the

matter was too trivial to prosecute.


Ralph Nkwinika and Lerato Orlando appeared in court on Sunday for

allegedly stealing a cell phone.

» Sumit Otha, an Indian national, was arrested

for allegedly stealing two cameras to the value of R10 000. However, the accused

was sent back to India where the complainant will deal with the issue.


Kyle Gaffar and three other South Africans were arrested for stealing

umbrellas to the value of R5 000. The case has been postponed until next


» Pakia Kyamacabi, a Ugandan national, was

arrested for stealing a cell phone worth R3 000. The accused was convicted and

sentenced to 12 months imprisonment or a fine of R6 000.

» Mathias Paul Xavier Dhellemme was

arrested for alleged drunken driving.

» Bonani G. Mashimbi and Lucky

Mahlasti were arrested for allegedly stealing cash from the Colombian soccer

team’s hotel room.

The World Cup courts operate around the country and are aimed at

dealing with World Cup-related crime as quickly and efficiently as


Spokesperson of the National Prosecuting Authority Tlali Tlali

said: “This is the success, as the intention from the Department of Justice was

to create a climate conducive for these cases to receive attention immediately

in our courts once investigations have been concluded.

“We cannot celebrate the fact that there are cases reported but

would want to express confidence in the efficiency of our plans and the criminal

justice system by extension.”


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