VIP cop silent on previous conviction

2013-10-18 11:27

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Durban - A mayoral bodyguard facing an attempted murder charge did not tell the court he had a previous conviction for attempted murder, The Mercury newspaper reported on Friday.

Thulasizwe Mbanjwa and Sthembiso Mokoena are alleged to have opened fire on a motorist on the N3 last week when they were escorting Umgungundlovu district mayor Yusuf Bhamjee.

They appeared in the Pinetown Magistrate's Court on Monday, but according to the report, Mbanjwa and his attorney failed to tell the court he had been handed a seven-year sentence in 1999 for the attempted murder of former ANC member Sifiso Nkabinde.

By law an accused has to inform a court of their previous convictions.

The newspaper quoted National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Nathi Mncube as saying that a full statement would be released once "all the necessary information" had been gathered.

The two men were granted bail of R5 000 each and Magistrate Wendolyn Robinson postponed the case to 18 November for further investigation.

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