Good news for the 53 military men accused of holding ministers hostage

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Thirteen of the 53 military veterans blamed for holding Cabinet clergymen prisoner have been allowed R500 bail each. 


Judge Bheki Ntshingila decided on Tuesday and deferred the make a difference to February 1. 


The 13 are confronting plan one offenses. 


On Tuesday, state investigator Sanet Jacobson demonstrated that they were currently seeing 27 charges. 


As per Jacobson, the profiles of the charged had been submitted yet that main tended to 13 individuals. No forthcoming feelings had been confirmed. 


In her entries, Jacobson additionally dove into how the charges were related to the episode. 


"As far as affiliation and court investments, I can't illuminate the court … that charged number one was the person who yelled at the clergyman. The video should be examined and for that, the State needs time, which wasn't allowed. So at this stage, we can't say charged number one did this, denounced number two did that. We are depending on a typical reason and say that everybody was effectively involved," Jacobson said. 


The court additionally heard that no less than 9 military veterans were confronting a timetable five offense and would likewise apply for bail as per the charges they were confronting. 


Jacobson said the State was pushing for bail to guarantee that those charged would show up in court. 


She said the State asked that bail be gotten at R2 000 each. 


However, advocate Dali Mpofu, who addressed the greater part of the tactical veterans, contended that this sum was excessively high. 


"The sum should be fixed at R500 every," he said, adding that the greater part of those charged was jobless. 


By early afternoon, the court was as yet expected to detail the bail utilization of different veterans. 


The charges were captured after Defense and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise, her representative, Thabang Makwetla, and Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele were held without wanting to at the St George's Hotel in Irene. 


ntombi.nkosi@inl.co.za 


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