State to oppose bail plea of alleged Capitec Bank robbers

2016-03-07 10:52
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Pietermaritzburg - Four men charged with robbing a security guard of more than R300 000 in cash at Capitec Bank in Pietermaritzburg will make a bid for bail in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

The four appeared briefly in court on Friday, intending to apply for bail, but the hearing was postponed to give their lawyers time to consult further with them and prepare detailed affidavits in support of their bail application.

This was after their attorneys were shown an affidavit by the investigating officer in the case, and said they needed more time to reply to a number of allegations he makes, the prosecutor, Patti David told the court.

David said the state would oppose the release on bail of the four men — Velaphi Milton Sibiya (47) of Durban, Nkosinathi Sibisi (46) of Mpumalanga township, and Thembani Dongwe (29) and Thandinkosi Ngema (38) of Imbali.

The four are charged in connection with a brazen mid-morning robbery at Capitec Bank at Symons Centre in central Pietermaritzburg on February 8 this year.

The charge sheet alleges that they put a gun to the head of Mphiliseni Khawula and robbed him of a cash box containing R332 000.

The Witness reported at the time that a guard from G4S Cash Solutions was accosted by armed men while delivering a large sum of money at the centre. After being ordered to lie on the ground at gunpoint, he was robbed of the cash box and his own firearm.

Police subsequently arrested five suspects in connection with the hold-up, and reportedly seized ink-stained bank notes, firearms and ammunition. Only four have been charged, however.

The men before court, in particular Sibiya and Sibisi, face various charges of possession of firearms and ammunition at the time of their arrest on February 16.

None of the men have yet pleaded to the charges facing them.

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