‘Five-minute gang’: bail bid held over

2013-05-24 00:00

THE state was yesterday granted leave to lead further evidence in connection with the bail application by three members of the so-called “five minute gang”.

Pietermaritzburg magistrate Celumusa Zungu, who was due to give her judgment on the bail application yesterday, granted an application by state prosecutor Alley van Heerden to reopen the state’s case and to lead further evidence by the investigating officer, Willem de Wet.

Van Heerden said De Wet had followed up on information provided by the three accused in their affidavits concerning their employment and ownership of vehicles.

He did not have the information available before his testimony because, according to his evidence, the accused had informed him that they were unemployed.

The defence opposed the state’s application to reopen the hearing for further evidence. However, Zungu said it would be in the interests of justice for the court to have a full picture of all the information available in order to make an informed decision on whether to grant bail.

The case was postponed until Monday as the accused’s advocate was not available yesterday.

The accused are Cebo Madyibi, Sihle Msomi and Sifiso Hadebe, all of Durban.

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