Axed ANC employee allegedly linked to cash-in-transit heists to apply for bail

Former ANC employee Errol Velile Present, allegedly implicated in three cash-in-transit heists, is expected to apply for bail in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Present was one of four people arrested during a heist in Dobsonville, Soweto earlier this month. All four are charged with armed robbery and the possession of hijacked motor vehicles.

The accused were arrested on July 6 and 7. Four hijacked vehicles were recovered, two of which were apparently used in a heist outside Capitec Bank in Elias Motsoaledi Road in Soweto earlier this month.

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News24 previously reported that the alleged robbers fled the scene in a white Ford Ranger and a silver Volvo sedan, taking an undisclosed amount of cash.

Last year, the Sunday Times reported that Present had been introduced to a top land reform department official at a land summit organised by former Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti.

Eight months later, Bekendvlei farm in Limpopo was purchased for R97m and handed over to Present.

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It is alleged that the department official bypassed required procedures and that a day after the deal went through, Nkwinti was the speaker at Present's lavish wedding.

At the time, Nkwinti denied the allegations, however, the details of the deal emerged in a forensic investigation report conducted by Deloitte.

The report apparently recommended that Nkwinti be charged for possible corruption.