State-of-the-art school robbery: Accused's bail bid postponed

2019-01-29 18:41
Menzi Primary School. (Deon Raath, Netwerk24)

Menzi Primary School. (Deon Raath, Netwerk24)

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Four Cameroonian nationals who were arrested for allegedly robbing the newly opened state-of-the-art Menzi Primary School in Ekurhuleni, will have to wait until next month to apply for bail.

Ernest Khan Awasi, 36, Hyaginth Cho Mulul, 29, Fan Terrance Bonung, 24, and Fonga Muama Mohammed, 40 - appeared briefly in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

During their first appearance in court last week, the State asked for a postponement so that the men's legal status in South Africa could be verified.

It emerged then that Mulul's papers had expired and that Mohammed did not possess any relevant travel documents. While Awasi and Bonung were in possession of the necessary documents, the State wanted to verify the authenticity of their papers.

However, it emerged on Tuesday that Mohammed's papers had expired and that his three co-accused possessed legal papers.

Ekurhuleni police arrested the men on January 18 during an intelligence-driven operation.

Equipment, believed to have been stolen from the school, was recovered on Friday at a store in Johannesburg.

The primary school was robbed just a week after education MEC Panyaza Lesufi opened the R105m facility and asked Tsakane residents to look after it.

READ: Case postponed to probe legal status of suspects

It is alleged that on January 15,  the men entered the school premises in the early hours of the morning and found two security guards, tied them up and locked them in the strong rooms.

They then allegedly broke the main vault door to access the keys of the entire school and headed to the administration block and IT offices, where tablets were charging.

Items that were stolen included 185 tablets, eight laptops, two projectors, three desktop computers, a plasma TV and R500 in petty cash.

READ: 4 suspects arrested in connection with robbery at state-of-the-art Menzi Primary School

According to the police, 22 tablets and three laptops were recovered when the four men were arrested.

The men are expected back in court on February 5 for their formal bail application.

Read more on:    johannesburg  |  education  |  crime
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