The case has seen numerous delays, with one of the co-accused, who turned State witness, being gunned down in Bloemfontein in June 2016
THE TRIAL of nine men accused of being part of a cash-in-transit heist in Beaconsfield in November 2015 got under way in the Kimberley Regional Court yesterday, where the men all pleaded not guilty to 16 charges against them.
It is alleged that more than R4.5 million was stolen during the incident. The nine accused – Modisdotsile Diseko, Jones Mashigo, Thabiso Ramabusa, Seikanyo Manyama, Bongani Nontseke, Zeth Mthuthuzeli, Ishmael Kgosimere, Ezekiel Sebilo and Carl van Graaff – are facing two charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances, one charge of theft of a motor vehicle, five charges of attempted murder, six charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition and a charge of pointing a firearm.
They appeared in the Kimberley Regional Court yesterday for the start of their trial.
The incident took place on November 16, 2015, when guards from G4S Security were robbed at gunpoint while emptying an ATM adjacent to K&B Supermarket in Beaconsfield.
The State, represented by advocate Quinton Hollander, who read out the charges into record yesterday, said that the charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances related to the alleged unlawful assault of two men who were robbed of more than
Hollander said that the attempted murder charges related to the suspects allegedly attempting to kill three men on the day by unlawfully discharging a firearm in their direction.
According to reports at the time, two vehicles, a red Datsun bakkie and a Honda Ballade, boxed in a G4S cash-in-transit vehicle parked next to the ATM on the day of the incident. Several heavily-armed gunmen climbed out of the two vehicles, which had Free State registration numbers, and surrounded the armoured vehicle, before opening fire.
The three G4S security guards were apparently in the process of offloading and collecting money from K&B and a nearby ATM. Two of the security guards were apparently forced to the ground and another one was robbed of his firearm, which was later retrieved by the police.
The case has seen numerous delays, with one of the co-accused, who turned State witness, Molefi Jingoes, being gunned down in Bloemfontein in June 2016.
The case will now continue and the first witness is expected to be called today.
Two of the accused are in custody while the remainder are out on bail and were warned to appear in court again this morning.