- Bathobile Mlangeni worked at SBV as a security guard but is being charged with stealing R4 million in cash from the Mall of Africa in July 2019
- She has been evading law enforcement since the incident took place and caught refuge at an elderly neighbour's home in Soweto
- She stands accused of opening two bulk cash bags and decanting the cash into black bags before leaving the mall with the stolen cash
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JOHANNESBURG - Bathobile Mlangeni worked at cash-in-transit company SBV as a security guard but was charged with stealing R4 million in cash from the mall in July 2019. Mlangeni allegedly did this by stuffing the money in black bags.
She has been evading law enforcement since the incident and caught refuge at an elderly neighbour's home in Soweto. The neighbour, Vangille Dlamini, is 82 years old and was being looked after by Mlangeni.
Dlamini said that she has no reason to believe that Mlangeni is guilty of theft and running away from the authorities, TimesLIVE reports. The 82-year-old woman described the former security guard as a kind and helpful woman.
Mlangeni's immediate future and what neighbours had to say
Today (17 January), Mlangeni appeared in Alexandra Magistrate's Court on theft charges. She stands accused of opening two bulk cash bags and decanting the cash into black bags in a trolley before simply walking out of the mall.
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According to News24, Mlangeni's neighbours were stunned that she was being accused of the crime, as she lived an introverted, modest lifestyle. They added that she seemed to be in dire financial need as she often had to loan R5 or R10 from them to purchase airtime.
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“She was a lovely child. She was always on my side and did everything I asked. We shared everything together while she was here," Dlamini said.
South Africans react to Mall of Africa theft case
"How did gogo think she was able to maintain her pretty lavish lifestyle?"
"Can’t believe they caught her, we were all rooting for her."
"Hope she put some of the stash aside for her legal fees."
SA has questions for the woman who allegedly stole R4m
In earlier news about this case, Briefly News reported that it's been over two years since former security guard Bathobile Mlangeni disappeared after allegedly stealing R4 million.
In 2019, Mlangeni cut open two cash bags while she was on duty for a cash-in-transit company, SBV Services.
She then placed the wads of cash into black refuse bags before transferring the bags into a trolley which she used to run off with the cash from the Mall of Africa in Midrand.
Source: Briefly News