Ex-Bafana player denied bail in hijacking case

2015-05-11 16:26

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Johannesburg - Former Bafana Bafana soccer player Lebohang Morula was denied bail in the Boksburg Magistrate's Court over his alleged part in a failed hijack attempt on Monday.

His two co-accused were, however, released on bail, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said.

The three men were arrested on April 8 after being found in possession of a signal jamming device.

Police stopped their vehicle and searched it after receiving a tip-off that a gang planned to rob a truck carrying cigarettes on Main Reef Road in Boksburg.

Morula's co-accused, Obed Sithago, who is unemployed, and Sizabanthu Mgadi, a cellphone charger vendor, were allegedly dressed in official metro police uniforms at the time.

NPA spokesperson Velekhaya Mghobozi said while Morula was kept in custody, Sithago and Mgadi were believed to have been released on R1 000 bail each.

A court official said the trio are expected to be back in court on May 26.

When the three men previously appeared on April 28, their lawyer Mzawakhe Mahlangu told the court that neither Sithago nor Mgadi had previous convictions. The pair also did not have any pending cases against them.

The court heard on April 20 that Morula had two pending cases against him - one of the armed robbery of a cash-in-transit vehicle and another of attempted murder. He was out on bail in both cases.

He also has previous convictions. One was malicious damage to property in 1986 and another of robbery in the 2000s, the court heard.

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