Soap star in court for shoplifting

2013-12-20 00:00

SOAP star Maggie Benedict appeared in court in Johannesburg yesterday on a charge of shoplifting.

It is alleged that Benedict, who stars in Generations, was found with a packet of headache pills for which she had not paid at a Checkers supermarket in the Cresta centre on Wednesday afternoon.

She was detained by store security and taken to the Linden police station where she was charged before being released on warning at about 9 pm.

Benedict is currently playing Akhona Miya (Memela) on the soapie. She has presented the daily Lifestyle programme, was previously Lebo on the Afrikaans soap 7nde Laan, and played Zoe Matsek­wa on the KykNet soap Binneland.

About three months ago, Benedict walked off the Generations set after rowing with producer Mfundi Vundla, sister paper the Daily Sun reported.

Morula Pictures, producers of Generations , yesterday declined to comment on the arrest.

Benedict was stopped by store security and searched after triggering an alarm when she left the supermarket after buying a large amount of groceries with her great-grandmother.

The R17,90 package of painkillers was found in her bag, said police spokesperson Sergeant Obakeng Mabaso.

She allegedly claimed she had bought them elsewhere.

Benedict was yesterday warned to appear in court again on January 28.

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