After claiming there was a witness who could clear his name, a cash-in-transit heist suspect pulled a surprise in court.
Chris Nel's client Lusanda Ludziya stated that he now had an alibi.
Ludziya, 35, was found guilty of murder, two counts of attempted murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, and one count of illegal possession of a pistol and ammunition in March.
Nontuthuzelo Majola, a former security guard, was convicted solely of robbery.
Nonthuthuzelo Majola is the mastermind behind this.
On May 2, 2018, one of the suspects was killed in a brazen daylight theft of a Fidelity cash van.
Sibongile Nozinxezu, 35, was cleared of all counts after the court ruled that the state had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he was involved in the crime either directly or indirectly.
After a high-speed car chase through the streets of Gqeberha, Malibongwe Boletyeni, 27, was shot and murdered by police on the corner of Ditchling Street and Chase Drive in Algoa Park.
Majola, who had driven the van to the Sasol garage in Linton Grange the morning of the event, was detained and her cellphone taken on May 11th, 2018.
Through communications discovered on Gcuwa's phone the morning of the heist, her phone was linked to his.
Gcuwa was detained and his phone was seized at the scene of the shooting.
On the same day, he was discovered with a 9mm pistol taken from a Fidelity Security guard.
After receiving orders from Majola to rob her colleague of the R164,000 he was transporting, the criminals stopped at the Sasol garage on the day of the robbery.
The funds were never located. Legal Aid SA will assign a new counsel to Ludziya on May 19.