Oct 3, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Dozen of Zimbabweans, mostly illegal, in court after foiled robbery in Benoni

Twelve Zimbabweans arrested when they allegedly tried to rob a transport company will apply for bail in Benoni Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Mkhululi Dube, 45, Magoma Sibanda, 42, Victor Vilakazi, 32, Price Ndlovu, 35, Cosmos Ncube, 45, Cabangani Kunene, 38, Wilfred Ngubeni, 45, Goodman Ndlovu, 36, Tandai Thafirei, 29, Lucas Mazibc, 27, Samuel Mlambo, 43, and Senzo Mpofu, age unknown , face six counts of attempted murder, three counts of robbery in aggravated circumstances, five counts of possession of an unlicensed firearm, two counts of possession of ammunition, and twelve counts of being in the country illegally. On April 11, the police were alerted to a robbery at the transport company in Benoni, Ekurhuleni. Preliminary investigations indicate that about 14 gunmen arrived in a sedan and three trucks and held security forces at gunpoint.

The suspects then hooked up trailers loaded with copper. Police and private security personnel arrived and intercepted the gang while they were still on the premises, leading to a shootout and the arrest of suspects.

A thirteenth defendant remains in hospital after being admitted to the Attempted to flee after falling from a picket fence.

Of the 13 defendants, only Mlambo is legally in the country. However, Vilakazi and Ngubeni say they have South African identity documents, although the Home Office has yet to confirm this.

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