State Security Agency R17m theft case postponed

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Khayalethu Mgatyelwa and William Mmotong appeared in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court.

A theft and housebreaking case against two men who allegedly stole foreign currency worth R17 million from the State Security Agency’s (SSA) headquarters in Pretoria, was on Tuesday postponed.

State prosecutor, Matric Luphondo, successfully persuaded the court to postponed the case to 25 January for bail application for the accused number 2, Mmotong, who is in custody – after which both accused will be expected to appear on 18 February.

Meanwhile investigations into the theft will continue.

Mgatyelwa, who is identified as accused number one, is out on R5000 bail, which was on Tuesday extended to 18 February.

It is alleged that the money was stolen from the SSA’s head office on the 26, December and police have since released a video footage showing a man in a hooded-top walking in a corridor.

Initially it was alleged that the foreign money stolen was worth around R50 million, but later the Hawks spokesperson, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi confirmed that the money stolen was R17 million.

Mgatyelwa appeared calm as he walked into the dock from the public gallery, where he was seated before and during the proceedings.

In contrast Mgatyelwa’s co-accused, Mmotong, appeared nervous. He covered his face with his hooded top throughout the proceedings. Afterwards he quickly walked down the stairs leading to the holding cells.

– African News Agency (ANA)


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