Times of Eswatini

Mabila ill, ATM bombings case postponed


MBABANE – The trial of the four men accused of ATM bombings with intent to steal and theft has been postponed to March as Advocate Mduduzi ‘ Tsotsi’ Mbila was reportedly indisposed.

The accused persons are Sicelo Msibi ( 26), Muziwandil­e Lukhele ( 33) Given Mfanakazan­e Mavuso ( 19) all from Tjakastard in South Africa and Lindani Zitha ( 28) of Nkhaba, who is also employed by Eswatini Television Authority ( ESTVA).

Mab ila was represente­d by Linda Dlamini from Linda Dlamini and Associates. Dlamini started by confirming that the matter was due for trial before submitting that the advocate was unwell. He, therefore, applied for the postponeme­nt of the matter to another date.

In response to the applicatio­n, Mncedisi Dlamini, who is representi­ng the Crown, told the court that the defence had engaged him prior concerning the predicamen­t.

The Crown and the defence agreed on March 7, 2023 for resetting.

Acting Mbabane Principal Magistrate Sifiso Vilakati said there was no need to argue about the applicatio­n as nobody was to be blamed for an illness.


Vilakati said anyone could fall sick. He said t he parties should pray for the recovery of Mabila.

The quartet is accused of bombing ATM structures belonging to the First National Bank, Standard Bank, EswatiniBa­nk and Nedbank in various locations within Mbabane.

It is alleged that the quartet used explosives to blast the ATM structures. In the first count, it is alleged that the accused persons blasted the FNB ATM structure situated at the Buy and Save Spar causing a damage of E450 000 on August 6, 2022.

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