Bail for rhino theft accused

Mbombela - Four Mpumalanga men arrested in connection with the theft of 112 rhino horns were each released on R20 000 bail in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court on Friday.

The four were Gideon Mtshali, 51, Sizwe Leonard Malatjie, 34, Selby Khoza, 39 and Velly William Zwane, 43, a Sapa correspondent reported.

Prosecutor Ansie Venter told the court that the State would no longer oppose bail and had come to an agreement with the accused's legal representatives for them to be released.

Venter also asked the court to set the accused's bail at R20 000 each and have strict bail conditions.

She said the accused should also report when leaving their home address, even if it's for work.

They were also required to hand over their travelling documents to the investigating officer.

The case was postponed to 15 October.

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Asiphile Bambeni 2014-08-23 09:14:15 AM
R20 000 bail. It's all about the mula
Morne Swart 2014-08-23 09:21:35 AM
System fail again. Nothing new...our children will never see rhino's in the wild.
Kenneth Bailey 2014-08-23 09:24:56 AM
R20k bail is a joke. R100k minimum. We will never see them again
Silvana De Mattia 2014-08-23 09:42:02 AM
Jurgens Liebenberg 2014-08-23 10:10:44 AM
They had to hand over the travel documents!!! so what? the documents were most likely false anyway. Please, this is Africa,new documents issued within a few days.
Dawid Jacobs 2014-08-23 10:22:28 AM
Screw SA really pays to be a criminal!
Shaun O'Meara 2014-08-23 10:25:11 AM
Only by way of a brown envelope can a decision like this come about. One of the biggest thefts of rhino horn on record will people get bail. Money talks in South Africa. If this was Botswana or Namibia they would be in jail till after the court has finished with them. This country is rotten to the core.
Izack Madisa 2014-08-23 10:28:51 AM
where are there bosses,i mean people[dealers] who send them to steal?
Audrey Pearl Meyer 2014-08-23 10:38:47 AM
Its all about the money is'nt it
Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg 2014-08-23 10:54:11 AM
Bail?. What for?.