- The alleged Mercedes Benz looter Mbuso Moloi's car has been seized and is currently in the custody of the state
- The National Prosecuting Authority says Moloi's fancy car was used in the act of a crime and is valued at over R500 000
- Moloi is also known as the 'Woolies looter' for him helping himself to a shopping basket of groceries during the unrest
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DURBAN - Mbuso Moloi, who was dubbed the 'Mercedes-Benz looter' or the 'Woolies looter', is facing even more legal challenges.
The 30-year-old went viral on social media after a video emerged of him carrying a basket of Woolies groceries to his Mercedes Benz during the violent protests that took place in KwaZulu-Natal in July.
Moloi's car is being seized because it was used to commit a crime, says the National Prosecuting Authority's, Natasha Kara. Kara estimates the car's market value to be R507 000 and it will remain in the custody of the state until a forfeiture order has been granted.
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Moloi is currently out of R5 000 bail and will appear again in court on 12 October. According to TimesLIVE, Moloi is facing charges of public violence and theft. Moloi is also facing charges for driving a car with an illegal number plate.
Moloi went viral on social media yet again after South Africans found out that he is no longer in possession of his car. Here is what they had to say:
"This is so wrong. Young man we studied with at Tuks is going through this because the NPA wants to prove a point? Let the man go man."
"If it's true then justice definitely has eyes in SA. Why seize his expensive car for stealing a food basket? Zuma's kids who were instigating violence are roaming free but getting tough on easy targets."
"Unless you haven’t shared all the key details, this seems heavy handed. Arrest the guy, charge him and let him answer in court but to seize a car for a basket of Woolies food? Something is hitting the water."
"This is disgusting, can't they say at least he should pay all those things he took and leave him alone aybo baze bayinaka ingane yabantu."
"Does he have another case related to the car? He should do time for looting but taken his car? Didn't know people lose their assets when they charge on a case not related to the car."
"Unless it is suspected that the car was procured through the proceeds of criminal activities that he's charged with, this is unlawful and an overreach by the AFU and might come back to haunt them."
Alleged Durban Mercedes-Benz looter changes plea to not guilty
Briefly News previously reported that 30-year-old Mbuso Moloi, who has been dubbed the 'Mercedes Benz looter', has seemingly changed his mind about pleading guilty to the charges brought against him.
Moloi was caught on camera looting a Woolworths store in Glenwood during the unrest that took place in KwaZulu-Natal last month. Moloi's legal representative Mfanafuthi Biyela previously told the Durban Magistrate's Court that his client intended to plead guilty, according to a report by The Witness.
On Thursday, Moloi informed the court that he would no longer be pleading guilty as initially stated, according to KwaZulu-Natal National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Natasha Kara.