The 38-year old Raymond Katiso Leputla has been at a correctional facility in Kroonstad since his last appearance on September 11. He and his co-accused – the 35-year-old Thabang Mahlaba and 37-year-old Obakeng Marumo, who are both already out on bail, will reappear together in courtroom 20 at the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court.
Mahlaba and Marumo indicated in their affidavits that they were arrested purely on the basis that Leputla, who is accused number 1 in the matter, fingered them in his statement to the police.
Leputla, on the other hand, is facing a number of charges that include possession of an unlicensed firearm, possession of explosives and using a motor vehicle without consent.
Leputla, who is the owner of Katiso Motors, was caught by police on the same day the cash-in-transit heist took place. He was driving a white BMW X5 that belongs to ANC Deputy Chairperson, William Bulwane. He was stopped by police by the Bloemgate Complex and found in possession of an R5-rifle, a pistol, rifle magazines and about R100 000 in cash. Following further investigations, more ammunition and suspected explosives were found at Leputla’s residence. Bulwane has distanced himself from the crime, adding he sent it to a panel beater, as per his insurance’s suggestion, following an accident in May.
Mahlaba, a self-employed panel beater, and Marumo, a taxi owner residing in Thaba Nchu, were released on R8 000 bail each on August 30. The two are facing charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances, after Leputla implicated them in his statement. The two men have in their affidavits questioned the strength of the state’s case against them.
OLEBOGENG MOTSE / OFM News