April 11 2017 – A KEMPTON Park magistrate has finally granted Zimbabwean Prince Dube R150 000 bail including conditions of reporting Monday to Friday and twice on weekends and that he had to surrender all his traveling documents.
Dube and four others are facing charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances for their alleged involvement in what is considered one of South Africa’s biggest heists.
During judgement, Msineki said that Dube denied being involved in the heist and that there was no evidence linking him to the crime. In his affidavit dube said he earned R400 000 per month. Later in court the accused said the amount was in fact his annual income.
“Colonel Mahlangu found that he had four previous convictions and it was contradictory to Dube’s affidavit which said that he had two previous convictions.”
Dube’s defence said that he couldn’t remember all his convictions as they happened many years ago.
The investigation officer found that Dube was not a documented citizen and that he was from Zimbabwe. The accused has four previous convictions of which he only disclosed two. Mahlangu said the accused was most likely to evade trial and commit other crimes.
However, the magistrate said setting strict bail conditions could prevent Dube from evading trial.
She said that the state had not given evidence or documents proving that Dube was a Zimbabwean or that he was illegally residing in South Africa.
“The identity number provided was used to find his previous convictions, it was used by SARS to find the various companies he owns.”
Msineki said that the state’s case was doubted as Dube was merely linked by an admission statement.
“There’s nothing that links the accused to this case and that he was on the scene on commission of the offence. A SBV uniform was found in his possession, not a SAPS uniform.”
Msineki said that the investigation officer said that the money found could be linked to the crime, but there was no evidence directly linking it to the heist.
Two other suspects were also granted Sibusiso Mnisi, and Thando Sonqishe, were granted bail. – ANA