The state has seized the R500 000 Mercedes Benz C300 Coupe of alleged ‘Mercedes looter’, Mbuso Moloi.
Natasha Kara, National Prosecuting Authority provincial spokesperson, said the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) in KwaZulu-Natal obtained a Preservation of Property Order for the car at the Durban High Court on Friday.
“The car which was preserved on the basis that it is an instrumentality of the offences, has an estimated market value of about R507 000. The car will remain with the state until the court grants a forfeiture order,” said Kara.
Moloi is charged on four counts of public violence, theft, trespassing and driving a vehicle with false number plates.
Moloi came into infamy when a video of him trended on social media showing him carrying goods from a broken into Woolworths store in Glenwood, Durban.
He is then seen getting into a Mercedes car and driving off with the goods.
Shortly after the video went viral on social media, Moloi gave an interview to Timeslive denying that he looted the goods. He said he picked up the basket from the side of the road.
A longer video then emerged, showing Moloi coming out from inside the shop with the basket.
Moloi handed himself over to police on July 27 after an arrest warrant was issued for him.
He has plead not guilty to his charges.
The criminal matter against Moloi returns to court on October 12. He is currently out on R5000 bail.