5 males accused of torching vehicles appeared within the Ermelo Justice of the Peace’s Court docket.
- The bail functions of arson-accused truck drivers have been postponed to Wednesday resulting from load shedding on the Ermelo Justice of the Peace‘s Court docket.
- 5 members of the All Truck Drivers Discussion board face varied costs, together with tried homicide.
- The State alleges they orchestrated violence within the cargo transport sector in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, and Limpopo in July.
Load shedding on the Ermelo Justice of the Peace’s Court docket led to the postponement of the bail functions of alleged truck arsonists in Mpumalanga.
The accused – Nelson Khulekani Shongwe, 29, Sibusiso Emmanuel Mthethwa, 38, Fundile Alberta Mpondo, 41, Mafika William Sibanda, 61, and Nkosingiphile Nkosikhona Gumede, 27 – appeared in courtroom on Tuesday.
The State alleges the 5, who’re members of the All Truck Drivers Discussion board (ATDF) – torched vehicles in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, and Limpopo in July.
Not less than 20 vehicles have been torched in that month alone.
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The accused face costs of tried homicide, theft with aggravating circumstances, malicious harm to property, conspiracy to commit against the law of malicious property harm, and possessing a firearm.
In line with a earlier News24 report, the State alleged: “throughout July 2023 close to Kinross, within the district of Govan Mbeki, the accused unlawfully and deliberately conspired with fellow members of the discussion board to help or procure the fee of or to commit an offence, to wit to unlawfully and deliberately harm vehicles transporting items on the N2 nationwide street”.
Not less than 20 vehicles have been burnt in KZN, Mpumalanga and Limpopo in July 2023
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The 5 males have been additionally accused of trying to kill truck driver Bhongolwethu Bhongo Dayimani after they threw petrol bombs on the truck he was driving close to Sheepmoor on 12 July.
The ATDF, which is funding the personal authorized illustration of the accused, beforehand denied allegations it instructed its members to take part within the arson assaults.
Its secretary-general, Sifiso Nyathi, as a substitute blamed the federal government for failing to deal with labour-related grievances within the cargo transport sector.
The accused are actually anticipated to make their bail functions on Wednesday.