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A group of twelve Zimbabwean nationals appeared at Benoni magistrate’s court for their first appearance on Wednesday 20 April 2022.

Mkhululi Cube (45), Magoma Sibanda(42), Victor Vilakazi(32),Price Ndlovu(35), Cosmos Ncube (45),Cababgani Kunene(38), Wilfred Ngubeni(45),Goodman Ndlovu(36),Tandai Thafirei (29), Lucas Mazibe (27), Samuel Mlambo(43) and Senzo Mpofu, whose age is unknown at this stage, are facing six counts of attempted murder, three counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances, five counts of possession of an unlicensed firearm, two counts of possession of ammunition, and 12 counts of being illegal in the country.

The group allegedly tried to rob a transport company in Benoni on 16 April 2022. Police were alerted of the robbery. Upon their arrival it is alleged the accused started shooting but police managed to arrest them.

National Prosecuting Authority regional Spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana says one of the accused was in hospital being treated for injuries sustained when he fell off a palisade fence attempting to flee from the crime scene. Mlambo is the only suspect who is legally in the country, however Vilakazi and Ngubeni allege that they possess south African identity documents, though the department of home affairs is yet to confirm this.

The matter was postponed to 26 April 2022, for the accused to appoint a legal representative.

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