ATM bombings: two suspects plead not guilty

2013-07-23 00:00

TWO men are on trial in the Pieter­maritzburg regional court in connection with three separate ATM bombings in uMzinto and Ixopo in 2010 and 2011 respectively, and theft of cash totalling R732 000.

Bonginhlanhla Shozi (38) and Samson Mtaka (42) pleaded not guilty yesterday to three counts of housebreaking and theft or attempted theft, three counts of unlawfully causing an explosion, and three counts of malicious injury to property arising from the incidents.

According to the state’s charge sheet, R300 000 was stolen when First National Bank and Standard Bank ATMs were bombed in the Take and Pay Family Store at uMzinto on December 31, 2010. The second occurred at Boxer Trading Store in Ixopo on January 26, 2011, but no money was taken. During the third attack on a First National Bank ATM at Triangle Store, also in Ixopo, they escaped with R432 000.

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