Following a robbery in Limpopo this week, where a South African National Defence Force (SANDF) member was arrested, Eyewitness News can reveal that he is the personal driver for joint operations chief, General Barney Hlatshwayo.
Corporal Jacob Marakalla was arrested by the police in the Vhembe district on Tuesday. This came after receiving information about suspects that were planning a cash-in-transit heist. This did not occur instead they allegedly robbed a local business.
It has come to light that Marakalla is currently on trial for attempt of murder. The incident took place last year when he allegedly shot a motorcyclist in the chest in a fit of road rage.
Regardless of the current trial for attempted murder, Corporal Marakalla remains on duty. He continues to provide VIP protection to one of the most senior national defence force officials.
The protection driver for joint operations chief General Hlatshwayo, is Marakalla, as established by EWN.
While this is all going on, it is understood the General Hlatshwayo is presently out of the country.
The arrest took place on Wednesday. This while Marakalla was driving the high-powered VIP protection BMW, used to chauffer Hlatswayo. The BMW is fitted out with military license plates and blue lights.
The reason for Marakalla remaining on duty while facing charges of attempted murder could not be explained by SANDF. However, it has been confirmed that SANDF will initiate the process for Marakalla to be discharged.
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