'Bad Brad' Wood charged with murder

2010-11-25 22:41

Johannesburg - Former Big Brother celebrity Brad Wood and four others are being charged with murder after four illegal miners were killed at the Aurora Grootvlei Mine in Springs, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Thursday.

"The director of public prosecution in North Gauteng has decided to charge three security guards and two mine employees with four counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder", spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga told Sapa.

They were expected to appear in the Benoni Magistrate's Court on Monday where they would be served with an indictment and notified of the forum where the matter would be heard.

Mhaga said that because Wood went on national radio saying that he was being charged with murder the NPA was compelled to confirm the charges.

Wood was head of the security company used at the mine, owned by President Jacob Zuma's nephew Khulubuse Zuma and former president Nelson Mandela's grandson Zondwa Mandela.

In October he was appointed security manger at Aurora's Orkney and Springs operations.

  • duncan - 2010-11-26 03:37

    Watch this take 5 years and cost taxpayers many millions !!!

  • Brent - 2010-11-26 05:04

    Murder is a pre meditated event. NPA catch a wake up and prosecute the real criminals. Stop wasting our tax money.

  • Brent - 2010-11-26 05:15

    Murder, more like self defense, NPA please prosecute the real criminals and stop wasting our tax money. You prosecute home owners that defend themselves from being murdered. WAKE UP NPA.Spend more time on catching the real criminals, collect proper evidence and get your convictions.

      Lizelle - 2010-11-26 10:49

      That is very well said!! The problem we have we dont have say in we just say what we feel and i stays right there because Government has no care in the world!!!! They pay millions of our money for there security.

      DeonL - 2010-11-26 15:13

      An avearge lawyer should get them off, a good one will make them sue the police and get set for life. I agree rather prosecute the real criminals, they were just doing theire work.

  • Emile - 2010-11-26 06:02

    And those "legal" mine owners? Nothing ever happened to them. Why?

      DeonL - 2010-11-26 15:14

      They are connected, even Vavi have difficulties in getting to them!

  • David van Niekerk - 2010-11-26 06:53

    Well at least in prison it will be the same as big brother just that there wont be any cameras :)

      Made_In_SA - 2010-11-26 09:19

      And if he is lucky he can cr@p in the exercise!

      Peter - 2010-11-26 09:36

      Mnet will be asking to put up cameras and show him 24/7

      Linus - 2010-11-26 11:25

      He will find out pronto really how big his brother is when he's in prison...

      Wouter - 2011-01-06 21:42

      Shower hour would be a lot more active.

  • Ghostworrier - 2010-11-26 07:15

    Well here we go again watch this turn out to be a miss trial and cost the tax payer millions again

      Zion - 2010-11-26 16:07

      GHOSTWORRIER, You are right, I meant to say that.

  • Picasso - 2010-11-26 07:30

    Then surely the owners of the mine must be charged, they are afterall the employers. If Wood was the head of the security company used at the mine, since when is the security personel responsible for HR?

      Picasso - 2010-11-26 08:08

      OK, now I understand better, ignore my above post.

  • preshengovender69 - 2010-11-26 08:13

    I shot the sheriff but I did not shot the deputy

      Bratt - 2010-11-26 08:23


  • Ilanga John Engongo - 2010-11-26 08:20

    Really, they are a lot of competent individual who know their lessons and how to put it in practice. Please remove those incompetent NPA who are after news and fame. Do the proper job and stop wasting tax payer money and making unnecessary arrest and distract people with nonsense news. Mr President, i admire your wisdom; send those useless NPA on early retirement, they are tarnishing your images.

  • steve.dupreez - 2010-11-26 10:32

    Wood was head of the security company used at the mine, owned by President Jacob Zuma's nephew Khulubuse Zuma and former president Nelson Mandela's grandson Zondwa Mandela. Do we really really think something will happen to Brad with these two well connected dudes on his side....oh come on!!

      sbouttell - 2010-11-26 11:12

      I feel another "Sheiky" situation coming on...

  • - 2010-11-26 10:34

    Set brad free now to avoid costs in court only to be free'd later. They were thier illeagly and have in the past been dangerious, did they not fire on security team aswell? this case is only to make the lawers rich nothing will come of it.

  • mrcrusher9 - 2010-11-26 10:35


  • - 2010-11-26 10:38

    Lets face it the NPA has become a joke they can only talk on TV supprised did not open a soapy called in the days of the NPA.

      Perfume - 2010-11-26 15:22


  • JMan - 2010-11-26 11:57

    Do people still actually *watch* Big Brother...?

  • CAD44 - 2010-11-26 12:14

    I know the miners were there illegally and shot for stealing, but is there not a chance that they were some of the hundreds of employees of the mine who had not been paid for months? If we are going to talk about who was stealing, let us not forget the big mine bosses who couldn't pay their employees leaving many destitute, but they themselves still received a big pay cheque each month. Seems that when you combine the mines and government you will always have a problem with thieves.

      Zion - 2010-11-26 16:11

      Earlier reports indicated they were illegal miners ie. Zama-Zamas

  • Mj - 2010-11-26 12:39

    The morals of South Africans need an overhaul...

  • Craige - 2010-11-27 10:23

    What a waste of time, money and resources - yet again the criminals are the good guy's. This is why this country is such a mess and crime runs wild. Spend the millions on training for our police force to enable them to do a better job for the public,

  • Craige - 2010-11-27 10:27

    What a waste of tax payers money - yet again people in the wrong are right and visa versa - rather use the money to upgrade police training and resources so that private policing is not required.

  • SeanK - 2011-09-06 19:17

    Illegal miners=trespassing=oops. I dont see the problem

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