Among the 13 suspects arrested in the Benoni foiled robbery, 12 are alleged Zimbabwean nationals

Among the thirteen suspects that appeared in court on Tuesday who were caught red-handed as they tried to rob a Benoni company on Saturday, 12 are alleged Zimbabwean nationals and they were in the country illegally when they committed the crime.

 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, whose age is yet to be known, appeared in court on Tuesday.

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The 13th suspect who is yet to be named after he appears in court, was injured and hospitalised as he tried to flee the violent scene on Saturday. It is alleged that he is also a Zimbabwean national. Lumka Mahanjana, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson, said the accused face six counts of attempted murder, three counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances, five counts of possession of unlicensed firearms, and two counts of possession of ammunition.

“Out of 13 accused, only Mlambo is legal in South Africa, however, Vilakazi and Ngubeni alleged that they possess South African identity documents, though the department of Home Affairs is still yet to confirm this,” said Mahanjana.

The case has been postponed to 26 April, so that the accused can appoint lawyers.

Source: News24, IOL. Image from IOL of the 12 suspects arrested in Benoni

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