GEORGE NEWS - Eight men from Cape Town appeared in the Thembalethu Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday 8 January after they were arrested on Monday whilst allegedly planning an armed robbery in George.
According to Col Katlego Mogale, David Ndamase (58), Luthando Bartman (35), Nicolas Tyali (65), Sakhekile Manga (27), Sicelo Dyani (35), Sivuyile Bathembu (37), Siyabulela Mabuya (44) and Vuyo Mjwango (43), were arrested in Thembalethu following an intelligence driven operation executed by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation team assisted by the George cluster crime combatting task team.
“The team pounced on the group that was allegedly on their way to commit a cash-in-transit robbery. They were travelling in an Isuzu bakkie that was reported stolen in Khayelitsha. The vehicle was intercepted in Qhaw Street, Thembalethu,” said Mogale in a press release.
"The search that followed uncovered unlicensed firearms and ammunition, which will be subjected to forensic analysis to determine the links to other committed crimes."
The group has been charged with conspiracy to commit an armed robbery, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
The case was postponed to 15 January for a bail application. All eight suspects remain in custody.
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