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Lonmin miner granted bail

2013-01-01 09:00

Johannesburg - A Lonmin miner arrested for possession of platinum has been granted R800 bail, North West police said on Monday.

Benjamin Thetsekine, 37, appeared briefly in the Rustenburg Magistrate's Court on Monday for contravening the Precious Stones Act, Captain Amanda Funani said.

Thetsekine was arrested on Saturday in Marikana after being found with platinum powder worth R800 000.

He would be back in court on February 4.

Comments
  • logical007 - 2013-01-01 09:05

    Why does he get bail? theft of R800K worth of platinum and he is allowed to go? come on!

      thanuj.thulsie - 2013-01-01 09:12

      exactly and to top it up he gets R800 bail,some people shoplift and dont even pay so little bail,what a joke our courts are,more like a circus

      faizemo.bedi - 2013-01-01 15:41

      Logical007, seems theres no logic in your thinking; muderers get bail, so do rapists

      mzuvukile.maswana - 2013-01-01 17:19

      People this is an estimate value of such stolen platinum as per media reports. We don't have the facts so let us not blow the roof over nothing. Also there are internal processes of the company that are missing in this report as well.

      mzuvukile.maswana - 2013-01-01 17:20

      People this is an estimate value of such stolen platinum as per media reports. We don't have the facts so let us not blow the roof over nothing. Also there are internal processes of the company that are missing in this report as well.

  • thanuj.thulsie - 2013-01-01 09:05

    platinum to the value of 800k and he gets R800 bail,what a joke our justice system is

  • richard.lemmer1 - 2013-01-01 09:34

    What a joke !!! They hope he will be back in court !!! Sounds like a good profit to me !!!! That is why this country is going down the drain. Ruled by THUGS !

  • richard.lemmer1 - 2013-01-01 09:35

    He is probably sharing his loot with the judge !!!

  • muke.matshaba - 2013-01-01 09:55

    Are the charges not so serious that this man get such a cheap Bail?

      kobus.swart.75 - 2013-01-01 10:38

      To steal Platinum worth R 800 000.00 and bail of R 800.00 is set, it can cause havoc in the Platinum industry just like in the Gold mining industry. This just doesn't make any sense at all.

      muke.matshaba - 2013-01-01 10:59

      @Kobus it shows that its not the first time he is been doing this,one will hav to start stealing small nd endup taking R800-000 stuff

      mzuvukile.maswana - 2013-01-01 17:16

      R800K is equivalent to what mass? If its more than 10Kg how was it taken out of the mine with all its securities in place? He is properbly a small fish in a big pond.

  • Sibusiso - 2013-01-01 10:23

    I foresee an acquittal.

  • thabo.manganye - 2013-01-01 11:15

    They wanted 12 000 per month because the 4000 wasn't enough, they got the 12000 now they still say the 12000 is not enough so they go on to steal. Now I see how we humans can be greedy. No wonder this country is going down.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2013-01-01 12:23

    He got bail so that he can do some late xmas shopping of the affirmative nature.

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