‘Bad Brad’ hands himself over to Benoni police

Former Big Brother celebrity Brad Wood handed himself over to Benoni police today following his alleged role in the deaths of four illegal miners at an Aurora mine, according to Gauteng police.

Wood and three co-accused arrived at the Benoni police station at 8am, said Captain Mack Mngomezulu.

“They will be kept in custody until they appear in front of the Benoni Magistrate’s Court later today for a bail application.”

Wood and four others faced murder charges after four illegal miners were shot dead at the Aurora Grootvlei Mine in Springs, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Thursday.

“The Director of Public Prosecution in North Gauteng has decided to charge three security guards and two mine employees with four counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder”, said spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga.

Mhaga said because Wood said on national radio that he was being charged with murder, the NPA was compelled to confirm the charges.

Wood was head of the security company used by the mine. The mine is owned by President Jacob Zuma’s nephew, Khulubuse Zuma, and former president Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Zondwa Mandela.

Wood was appointed security manger at Aurora’s Orkney and Springs operations in October.

Aurora spokesman Thulani Ngubane said the company did not want to comment on the matter.

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