The R1 mln baking powder heist

2014-03-19 00:00

AN alleged syndicate believed to be looting trucks on the N3 of their loads, including cellphones, baking powder and bar soap worth R1 million, was bust this week.

The nine suspects — Sendi Nhlanhla Gumede (30), Siyabonga Latha (37), Xolani Makhaba (30), Simphiwe Mdlalose (32), Ndumuso Mcube (26), Sbonelo Ndlovu (23), Sibongiseni Njilo (30), Sandile Phetha (30) and Nkosinathi Zondi (29) — all made a brief appearance in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court this week.

They are charged with several counts of robbery and theft out of trucks.

They are all in custody and are expected to apply for bail tomorrow.

It is alleged that the group used cars and a VW Microbus to travel in and subsequently load the goods.


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