Mercedes driver caught looting KZN Woolworths store pleads guilty
A man has pleaded guilty to theft and contravention of the National Road Traffic Regulation in the Durban Regional Court on Wednesday for looting items from a Woolworths store in Durban during the 2021 July unrest.
According to the National Prosecuting Authority regional spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara, Mbuso Moloi, 32, stole household items from a Woolworths store in the Davenport area during the looting.
She added that Moloi’s explanation for the car licence plates was that he had failed to replace the “dealer plates” with the correct license plates allocated to the vehicle as he claimed that he and his friend were driving around with the intention of purchasing some items on the day of the incident.
It is said that last November, ‘The Mercury’ reported that Moloi’s Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupé was abandoned by the Asset Forfeiture Unit of the NPA in KwaZulu-Natal.
“Since the vehicle was under a purchase agreement from a bank, it was handed over to the bank,” said Ramkisson-Kara.
The matter was postponed to the 31st of May 2023 for pre-sentencing reports.
Done by: Alungile Njemla