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Former ANC employee and cash-in-transit robber released on R4000 bail

It looks as if Velile Errol Present may beat the charges.

Errol Velile Present anc

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Velile Errol Present, the former Luthuli House employee and African National Congress (ANC) staffer, arrested in connection with cash-in-transit heists in Johannesburg, has been released on bail.

As reported by Sowetan Live, Present and his co-accused, Itumeleng Manama, Bheki Biyela and Zakhele Zondo, were granted R4 000 bail each, after the court labelled the State’s case weak and ill-conceived.

Magistrate says State dropped the ball

Present was arrested in July for his apparent role in a cash-in-transit heist in Dobsonville, Soweto. Following his arrest, Present was promptly fired by the ruling party, which attempted to distance itself from the charges.

And while investigating officers are convinced of Present’s involvement in the heist, Magistrate John Booyi, representing the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court, has lambasted the State’s poor case, saying:

“The state failed to provide tangible evidence. The ID parade was scheduled and the witnesses could not place the accused at the scene of the crime. There was no CCTV footage available and the blood samples collected from the vehicle recovered could not be linked to any of the accused, and there was no money [or] firearms found in the accused possession.”

Velile Present implicated in the heist

But the Investigating officer, Colonel Solomon Mabasa, explained how Present was implicated in the crime, by virtue of him travelling with the co-accused in one of the hijacked vehicles used during the heist:

“There was a second vehicle, a silver-grey Volvo which was driven by Accused Number Four, Velile Present. He was accompanied by Accused Number Two, Itumeleng Manama, and Accused Number Three, Bheki Biyela.”

Mabasa added that two hijacked vehicles were used during the heist; a Volvo and a Ford Ranger. It’s alleged these cars were used as getaway vehicles after the suspects looted an estimated  R200 000 from a cash van.

The case has been postponed to October 30 to allow for further investigation.