LUNDI AC­CUSED OF THEFT

Sunday World - - Hot News - MDUDUZI DLAMINI

GOSPEL mae­stro Lundi Tya­mara ap­peared in the Rand­burg Mag­is­trates’ Court on a charge of theft on Thurs­day.

The charge em­anates from an al­le­ga­tion that he stole a ring worth R30 000.

Mar­ried cou­ple Nomvula and Si­bongiseni Mthembu, who live in Joburg, al­lege Lundi bor­rowed a jacket from them one night last Novem­ber.

The ring, they claim, was in a pocket of the jacket and when he re­turned it the next day the ring was miss­ing. Or “stolen,” as they charge.

There is, how­ever, no proof that the ring had in­deed been in the jacket pocket.

“I don’t want to com­ment on the case be­fore court,” said Lundi when asked why he thought his alien­ated friends had brought a case of theft against him.

“But this is all to do with the friends that I want to cut out of my life.

“Some peo­ple are un­happy that I’ve changed for the bet­ter and have de­cided to cut out many friends. So it’s a way to get back at me.”

The pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer is said to have been unim­pressed with the case, de­clin­ing the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer’s rec­om­men­da­tion to set Lundi’s bail R3 000.

The mag­is­trate set bail at R1 000 and post­poned the mat­ter to next month.

A court source says the mat­ter is likely to be dis­missed at Lundi’s next ap­pear­ance as there was no ev­i­dence other than the cou­ple’s state­ment.

And Lundi is back record­ing af­ter he claimed he was quit­ting the mu­sic in­dus­try.

Po­lice spokesper­son Tshisikhawe Ndou con­firms the case.

“The case in ques­tion is be­fore a court of law af­ter the po­lice have con­cluded their in­ves­ti­ga­tion, ” he says.

dlamin­imd@sun­day­world.co.za

AC­CUSED: Lundi Tya­mara

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