Robbery suspects granted E10 000 bail
TWO men who are facing charges of armed robbery have each been granted bail fixed at E5 000.
Lucky Thulani Dube (25) of Gege and Mongi Dlamini (29) of Mbekelweni appeared before Magistrate Sifiso Vilakati after being arrested in connection with the armed robbery that took place at Thembelihle on September 15.
It is alleged they acted jointly and in a furtherance of a common purpose wherein they wrongfully, unlawfully and with intent to induce submission to the taking of items valued at E16 450, threatened Bheki Shabangu that unless he consented to the taking of the items and refrain from any resistance, they would shoot him with the gun they were allegedly carrying.
The stolen items included a laptop valued at E6 000, a J2 Samsung cellphone valued at E3 000, sneakers valued at E2 500, a flash drive, a gold wedding ring valued at E4 500 and money in cash amounting to E300.
When they made their appearance in court, they were represented by Noncedo Ndlangamandla of Mabila Attorneys in association with N. Ndlangamandla and S. Jele. She told the court that the suspects were innocent until proven guilty.
She further asked the court not to apply Section 102 of the Criminal and Procedure which states that accused persons should be granted bail that is half the amount of the stolen items. She assured the court that the suspects will not evade trial as they were innocent, and further suggested to the court to hand out strict bail conditions to monitor their movements. The court granted them E5 000 bail each and further warned them to appear before court today.