Soweto taxi robbery case postponed

2012-01-23 19:08

Johannesburg - The case against five police officers and four civilians accused of robbing a taxi association was postponed by the Protea Magistrate's Court on Monday, Gauteng police said.

They would return to court on Tuesday for a bail application, said Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela.

Sergeant Brenda Letsiela, 35, her husband France Ndlayane, 49, Constable Trevor Mbalati, 27, Consts Rabelani Tshitakole, 29, Reservist Consts Zakhele Sikhosana, 27, and Bongani Mdakane, 31, and Musina Silasi, 57, France Modondo, 54, and Richard Funani, 40, appeared in court.

They were arrested on January 5 and 6 following a robbery at the Witwatersrand African Taxi Association's office on December 9.

The group allegedly held security guards at gunpoint, broke into a safe, and stole R160 000 from the association's office at a disused Engen garage on Roodepoort Road in Soweto.

At the time, Letsiela was already on suspension in connection with another robbery.

The two reservists, who have since been expelled from the police, allegedly also robbed a Pakistani-owned shop in Langlaagte, Johannesburg of R90 000.