I escaped to avoid cop killing me - Moyo

2012-01-24 20:31

Pretoria - Robbery accused Bongani Moyo told the Pretoria Regional Magistrate's Court on Tuesday he escaped from custody because a policeman had threatened to kill him.

"I am not guilty. The policeman said he was going to kill me that day if I did not go out with him to point out some people. When he had gone back into the courtroom, I stood up and left."

Moyo told the court he was scared the policeman was going to carry out the threat.

"I did not know the people he wanted me to show him and I didn't know what to do. My co-accused [in the string of robbery charges] even told me that I was going to be killed. The policeman had told them earlier," said Moyo.

The matter was postponed to February 3.

On Tuesday, the trial was adjourned earlier to allow Moyo time to read documents from proceedings of a court appearance he made on August 10 2011, on charges of robbery.

That was the day he escaped by walking out of the court on crutches.

Defending himself

Moyo was told by the court he could use some of the information contained therein as part of his defence, if he wished. After the break, he said he had read the documents, but had not understood them, prompting the court to adjourn again.

Moyo was handed the papers in court because at that time he had no legal representative. In September 2011, he told the court he would conduct his own defence against the charge of escaping from lawful custody. He also declined to apply for bail.

A Legal Aid Board lawyer was then appointed to represent Moyo on Tuesday.

The soft-spoken Moyo, in leg irons and handcuffs, was escorted by several members of the police tactical response team.

His newly-appointed lawyer told the court Moyo wanted the court to instruct prison officials to have the leg irons removed "as he had been sleeping with the shackles on for the past four months".

Magistrate Len Miller said the lawyer would have to submit an application to the High Court for such an order to be made.

Previous escape

In November last year, the escape trial was postponed as Moyo said he had a toothache and could not participate in proceedings.

The August 10 flight from the Pretoria court was not the Zimbabwean's first attempt. In March 2011 Moyo had escaped from Boksburg Prison, where he was detained for alleged involvement in bank robberies.

He was re-captured at the Beitbridge border post almost three months later when he re-entered South Africa from Zimbabwe. At the time, police described him as "dangerous".

In a separate matter in the same court, Moyo is charged, together with Leon Ncube, Khumbulani Sibanda, and Thabani Sibanda, for several counts of armed robbery. All four would remain in custody until their next appearance on February 27.

  • Assis - 2012-01-24 20:55

    I bet whilst in court Moyo's pants caught on fire, and his nose is as long as telephone wire.

      Donovan - 2012-01-24 22:56

      'He escaped by walking out on crutches'. Imagine it may have been even easier for him had he been in a wheelchair. Nice security they got themselves down there.

      Boer - 2012-01-25 00:27

      This guy is such a bullsh#tter. Lock him up man and loose the keys.

      Anthony - 2012-01-25 11:16

      OK now shoot him.

  • munyaradzi.ncube - 2012-01-24 20:58

    He deserves to rot in prison!!!!. Tarnishing the image of our country!!!!

  • colin.dovey - 2012-01-24 21:08


  • Burtfred - 2012-01-24 21:28

    Ja Right. If the cop did kill you, he'd be doing us all a favour, you human dreg.

  • MyTruth - 2012-01-24 21:47

    What a pity this obvioulsy very intelligent and ruthless man could not have put his abilities to good use? His excuses are amazing and have already allowed him to escape custody a few times! Thus delaying the court proceedings and generally making himself a general nuisance. He must be well educated and has learned about our law, with all the legal idiosyncrasies preventing his prosecution and prison sentencing. For him, I agree with the Brazillian hit-squad tactics whereby the special police there dont waste time with habitual criminals but rather 'take them out'! If Moyo is doing this, how many others are getting away with similar excuses, both making a fool of our legal system and dirty police,adding to their poor image? Next he will suddenly develop Selebi Syndrome? Time for our upstanding President to start protecting our civilians and and getting these rotten scumbags dealt with. Unless, of course they are working for Mugabe, his close friend up North,or even Selebi and following his integrity filled example? What a sham!

  • TheWatcher - 2012-01-24 22:05

    If it was one charge I could believe him but to have so many charges against him makes me think otherwise...

  • michael.e.bowery - 2012-01-24 22:15

    So what? One more down and about three million to go. Hang them high Moyo included.

  • hein.huyser - 2012-01-25 06:47

    If only that energy could've been harnessed and used for good. What a waste, but a typical example of what products cleptocrats create of their own people. I bet you there are millions of Moyos in the country, but because of the ineptness and self-importance of our politicians we sit with criminals employing their skills in dragging the country further down instead of helping to build it.

  • braamc - 2012-01-25 10:59

    "Terminal illnesses", death threats, etc etc. What filth in this country,

  • braamc - 2012-01-25 11:01

    "Terminal illnesses", death threats, etc etc. What filth in this country,

  • braamc - 2012-01-25 11:04

    Should these criminals live, should taxpayers pay for there jail time, think not

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