Saturday, September 19, 2020

South African extradited to Botswana for SSK Airport heist trial

One of the suspected robbers in a P5 million heist from a cash in transit vehicle at the Sir Seretse Khama Airport in 2006 has been extradited from South Africa to Botswana to stand trial.

The suspect, thirty-five-year-old Sechumbuzo Richard Mlotsa, a South African national, was charged with a single count of robbery and is scheduled to appear for his second mention at the Village Magistrate Court next Wednesday, January 27th.

The charge sheet states that the accused person, with four others who were not in court, on the 18th of December 2006 at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport, robbed employees of Fidelity Cash Management Services of US $800 000, and 90 000 Euros and, before stealing the money, are alleged to have used personal violence by assaulting and threatening Fidelity Management Service employees by pointing guns at them.

The Botswana Police Public Relations Officer, Senior Superintendent Dipheko Motube, told The Sunday Standard on Friday that Mlotsa was extradited from South Africa to Botswana last December, adding that the trial dates have already been set.

He said the trial will commence on the 23rd to the 25th of March this year at the Village Magistrate Court.
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Motube further said that the police are still seriously looking for about three other suspects believed to be South African and who are still at large.

However, Jeremiah Solomon Modise, who masterminded the robbery, was arrested by the police at his house in Phakalane at which some of the stolen money was recovered hidden in the refrigerator.

Modise was tried and sentenced to ten years in prison by then chief magistrate Lot Moroka.

A few months later, after the robbery, Fidelity Management Services stopped operating in Botswana.

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