Gang accused in trouble yet again

2013-08-14 00:00

TWO men who stand accused of being members of the so-called “five-minute gang” housebreaking syndicate in KwaZulu-Natal are again in hot water.

Pietermaritzburg magistrate Ashin Singh yesterday authorised immediate warrants of arrest for Sihle Msomi and Sifiso Hadebe of Durban, when they failed to appear in court, apparently because they were arrested on new charges in the Estcourt area.

The warrants of arrest were issued because the accused were in default and because Singh said they might be released on bail in the Estcourt case.

He adjourned the case to August 27, when it is possible the state will seek a cancellation of the R10 000 bail granted to the two accused in May this year by a local magistrate Celumusa Zungu.

The Witness established yesterday that Msomi and Hadebe were arrested in Estcourt for theft from a motor vehicle.

A third alleged member of the syndicate, Cebo Madyibi, who was not granted bail when his co- accused were released, was also remanded in custody until August 27.

His lawyer, Ashraf Mohamed, told the court that he is considering the possibility of re-applying for bail for his client based on new facts.

However, if that happens the bail application will be heard by Zungu, who denied Madyibi bail previously on grounds that she considered him to be a flight risk.

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