Former Bafana player, 2 others appear for attempted hijacking

2015-04-10 16:31

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Boksburg - Three out of 10 men, including former Bafana Bafana player Lebohang Morula, who were arrested for allegedly attempting to hijack a cigarette truck, appeared in the Boksburg Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Prosecutor Angeline Mooiman told the court that Morula, Sizabanthu Mgadi, and Obed Sithaya, would remain in custody.

All three were charged with violating the Electronic Communications Act, while Mgadi faced an additional charge of impersonating a police officer. The charges relate to them being found in possession of police uniforms and a jamming device.

The other seven have yet to appear in court. 

Magistrate Hans Havenga postponed the matter to April 20 for a formal bail application.

Police were still investigating a case of conspiracy to commit a hijacking against all 10. 

The men were arrested around 17:00 on Wednesday, after police followed information received about an alleged hijacking of a cigarette truck.

Police spokesperson Kay Makhubela said on Thursday that two of the men were allegedly fully clothed in Johannesburg metro police department uniforms when arrested and were also found in possession of a jamming device.

Morula has been linked to an alleged cash-in-transit robbery in February in Ogies, Mpumalanga.

He had allegedly been arrested before his gang could carry out the robbery, with the gang also found with a military-grade signal jammer in the car.

Morula was released on R15 000 bail.

It is further understood that Morula and four other men were arrested after they were allegedly found in possession of stolen goods worth R4.2m in 2011.

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