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SA: Prosecutors say Zim illegal mining kingpin ‘is a flight risk’; luxury cars seized during raid

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SOUTH AFRICA: One of the six alleged illegal mining kingpins arrested in Carletonville and Khutsong has recently been described as a “persona non grata”, who should not be granted bail.

The prosecutor, Tholoana Sekhonyana, told the Oberholzer Magistrate’s Court in Carletonville on Wednesday that Dumisa Eric Moyo was a flight risk.

Sekhonyana disputed pleas by the defence advocate, Jurg Huysamen, for Moyo to be granted bail.

“The onus rests on the accused to convince the court to release him on bail. His charges are prevalent in the country. He gave false information to Home Affairs officials.

The prosecutor, Tholoana Sekhonyana, told the Oberholzer Magistrate’s Court in Carletonville on Wednesday that Dumisa Eric Moyo was a flight risk.

Sekhonyana disputed pleas by the defence advocate, Jurg Huysamen, for Moyo to be granted bail.

“The onus rests on the accused to convince the court to release him on bail. His charges are prevalent in the country. He gave false information to Home Affairs officials.

“There are no records of him attending two schools in Thabong, where he claimed he attended. He didn’t produce report cards, confirming that he attended those two schools. Bongani Hospital, where he claimed he was born in 1987, was officially opened in 1993. He is a person (sic) non grata.”

Sekhonyana added that Moyo had failed to convince the court he was born in Welkom.

“We know that he has a passport. He has access to neighbouring countries. He is a flight risk. The offences levelled against him are serious. He frequents Zimbabwe. He will never come back to South Africa should he be granted bail.

“All of the six accused, including Moyo, are linked to the offences through an operation that started in 2018. There is video and audio evidence linking Moyo to the offences. Their modus operandi was followed since 2018. The Hawks thoroughly infiltrated them,” Sekhonyana said. – News24

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