Security guard accused of stealing R4 million appears in court – ‘She’s a simple person’

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The security guard was caught after two years on the run.
The security guard was caught after two years on the run.
Steven van Heerden

It seemed like a movie script. Someone had managed to walk into a depot and walk out with R4 million, without firing a single shot.

South Africans were intrigued and the story went viral. And for two years, there wasn’t a peep from the suspect.

Until the day she was arrested in Johannesburg.

A humble Bathobile Mlangeni briefly appeared in Alexandra Magistrate court on Monday for a bail application after she was arrested while staying with a family friend around Zola. 

She’s facing theft charges and has been accused of walking away from an SBV depot in Midrand with millions.

She made her second court appearance, where her application for bail was postponed to next week Monday.

Her legal representative asked the court to postpone the matter in order to first consult with their client and go through the merits of the case and to also find out why the state is opposing bail.

State prosecutor Godfrey Maphiri told Magistrate Rennie Boshoff that he would oppose the bail for the accused. 

The state further asked for warrant of arrest against the accused security guard from Dlamini, Soweto to be cancelled.

"The accused is before the court today. I submit that the warrant of arrest against the accused be cancelled because she has been arrested." 

Maphiri says the accused is facing a charge of theft after she allegedly stole R4 million in cash that belongs to her former employer.

CCTV footage that captured someone putting money in bags at SBV cash depot in Mall of Africa went viral of social media.

The accused’s neighbours are in shock as she didn't show any signs of being a person who has money. 

According to one of the neighbours who was in the courtroom, Bathobile didn't show any signs of someone who has millions.

She remained humble and everyone is shocked to learn that she is facing these charges. 

"This is unbelievable, I know the story of the security guard who allegedly stole four million but didn't think it was someone I knew. She is one of the sweetest and quietest people I know. She remains a simple person, I wonder what she did to the money because there is no sign that she is a millionaire." 

Bathobile will be back in court on Monday, 24 January. 

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