ANC says Bul­wane not im­pli­cated

The Citizen (KZN) - - NEWS - Chi­som Jen­nif­fer Okoye

The Free State ANC’s deputy chair­per­son Wil­liam Bul­wane has laid charges against a pan­el­beater who al­legedly used his lux­ury ve­hi­cle to par­tic­i­pate in a cash-in-tran­sit heist, while it was sup­pos­edly left in his care for re­pairs.

Ac­cord­ing to the South African Po­lice Service (Saps), the 38-year-old man driv­ing a BMX X5 with no reg­is­tra­tion num­ber was ar­rested af­ter po­lice no­ticed him driv­ing the car in Bloem­fontein and flagged down the car as be­ing un­der sus­pi­cion of car­ry­ing il­le­gal firearms.

They mo­bilised the Man­gaung Tac­ti­cal Re­sponse Team, and upon search­ing the ve­hi­cle, they un­cov­ered and con­fis­cated a R5 ri­fle, one LM5 ri­fle and a pis­tol all with se­rial num­bers filed off, as well as a hand ra­dio and an undis­closed amount of money.

Po­lice also found a bag with equip­ment sus­pected to be used in heists and armed rob­beries.

The ANC in the Free State’s pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Paseka Nom­pondo said that the ANC got an ex­pla­na­tion from Bul­wane about the al­leged use of his car in the sus­pected crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity and that Bul­wane in­formed the party that he had no knowl­edge of such use.

Nom­pondo said: “He said his car was taken to a pan­el­beater for re­pairs. The car was not with com­rade Bul­wane for quite some time. The pan­el­beater was caught by the po­lice while driv­ing the car.

“We have heard and ac­cepted his [Bul­wane’s] ex­pla­na­tion. The po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter, he has given the po­lice his full co­op­er­a­tion. He has made a state­ment un­der oath in terms of the fact that his car was taken to a pan­el­beater.”

Nom­pondo con­firmed that Bul­wane had laid a crim­i­nal charge at the po­lice sta­tion against the pan­el­beater for us­ing his car for com­mit­ting the al­leged crime.

Free State Saps spokesper­son Thandi Mbambo con­firmed that the sus­pect is ex­pected to ap­pear at the Bloem­fontein Mag­is­trate’s Court to­mor­row.

Mean­while, the Hawks could not be reached for com­ment on whether they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­le­ga­tions that Bul­wane was seen driv­ing the car days af­ter the al­leged heist.

We are sat­is­fied with Bul­wane’s ex­pla­na­tion.

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