Man accused of SSA theft granted bail

2016-01-27 13:40

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Pretoria- One of the men accused of stealing R17m in foreign currency from the State Security Agency was granted R10 000 bail on Wednesday.

William Mmotong told the Pretoria Magistrate's Court he could only afford that much, after the State wanted him to pay R20 000.

In his judgment in the bail application, Magistrate Adriaan Becker dealt with the affidavits made by both Mmotong and the investigating officer.

The officer said Mmotong, a driver, had made a confession and implicated the alleged mastermind, Albert Ramabele.

Mmotong said police tortured both him and his father and denied him his basic rights, including access to a lawyer.

"I was taken to Visagie Street [police station] where I was assaulted and tortured. I had a plastic bag put over my head. I also learned that my father was arrested and also tortured," he said in the affidavit submitted as part of his bail application on Monday.

His lawyer Joshua Mashao read it to the court.

Three men were arrested in connection with the theft. Mmotong and security guard Khayalethu Mgatyelwa were arrested first. Ramabele handed himself to police on Friday. Mgatyelwa was granted R5 000 bail.

They allegedly stole the money from a safe at the agency's Pretoria headquarters between Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Mmotong’s bail conditions were that he was not allowed to leave Pretoria, Pretoria North and Bronkhorstspruit, and had to report to the Mamelodi East police station twice a week.

All three would be back in court on February 18.

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