Pirates player out on bail

2010-10-20 19:06

Mbombela - Orlando Pirates midfielder Benson Mhlongo, 30, and five co-accused appeared briefly in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court on Wednesday for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Members of the police's flying squad arrested him on Wednesday morning, along with Mlungisi Nkosi, 22, Siyabonga Mhlanga, 32, Thokozane Mbatha, 32, and two women, Precious Bunde, 20, and Bonny Ngobese, 21.

They were not asked to plead and the case was postponed to November 3 for further investigation.

Their lawyer, Slungu Thobela, said only Mhlongo was able to pay bail of R1 000, while the rest were remanded in custody.

Only Nkosi’s bail was set at R2 000 after it was found that he was out on bail in connection with a murder case.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Leonard Hlathi was unable to confirm that the police had received a tip-off about a suspicious-looking car that was parked along the R157 next to a farm near Mbombela.

He could only confirm that police stopped the car, Mhlongo's BMW 5-series, searched the boot and confiscated a firearm and 13 live rounds of ammunition.

"The police then arrested all six people and also confiscated the vehicle," Hlathi said.

The car was later returned to Mhlongo when it was confirmed that it was his.

According to the Firearm Control Act, owning or being in possession of a firearm without a valid licence is a major offence, punishable by maximum prison sentences of between 15 and 25 years.

African Eye

  • RONNIE "SHIBOBO" - 2010-10-20 19:19

    that nkosi guy knows about that firearm benson why are you friends with murderers you should know beter i hope you get loose

  • Rhulane Stan Nkuzana - 2010-10-20 19:38

    The way the matter was reported it would appear Benson was on an errand for Orlando Pirates when he was arrested.That indeed he is a Buccaneer is purely incindental. When last did he don the Pirates jersey? In any event he must get his day in court to prove his innocence or otherwise.

  • WTF????? - 2010-10-20 21:24

    WTF?? Am I the only one reading the whole story. This guy was out on bail already for a murder case, then he was arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition and yet again he gets bail (again!!!!). I sincerely hope for the government's sake this guy doesn't commit a crime against me or my family, as the South African government will not have enough money in 100 lifetimes for the suit I will bring against them for allowing a murder suspect (bailiff) to get arrested for another serious offence and gets afforded the opportunity again to pay bail and walk the streets we walk on.

  • ishmael - 2010-10-21 07:30

    Please 24,we want the comment from WTF on front page.So,the goverment can see it.How the hell this Nkosi can be given bail.To come out and murderer me and you???When he finish he will get bail and murder the country leaders.May be they will stop bail for him.

  • GASPER JOHANNES MODISE - 2010-10-21 08:41

    People Mhlongo is a human being like us and I still believe that he is innocent.

  • Concerned - 2010-10-21 10:27

    I fail to understand what Benson was doing (associating himself with criminals) when he should be busy concentrating on reviving his career. I just hope he realize crime does not pay!!!

  • Babyshoes - 2010-10-21 12:20

    Benson ,Benson,Benson!

  • Ronnie Ndhlovu - 2010-10-21 14:58

    To me Benson is a criminal,because he knows that Nkosi is a murderer,yet he is still enjoying to be with him.So Guys being famous it doesnt mean that you have right to stay with bad guys like Nkosi,it doesnt matter whether the guy is your relative or not.This guys need to be role models to our young stars.So they need to set example here so that others can learn from this.Famous or not Famous crime does not you will get caught and pay the price.

  • thikozani dladla - 2010-10-21 16:14

    people benson he is a human being like us we must undedrstand that he is man like everyman who do human thinks that are at risk sometimes as we dont know his life and needs of his life stop act like you are clean and as for nkosi if the law allow him to have 100 bails therefor he qualifies and is not his car where they found a firearm thank you.

  • Thabisho Molefi - 2010-10-23 08:22

    we cannot tell benson how to run his life but hell what was an illegal firearm doing in his car, let the courts do their job

  • Simon - 2010-10-26 15:02

    Young players need role models from their soccer heros and it is sad to hear stories like this. Whether he is found guilty or not the fact remains that he was arrested and only Benson can explain. How do you explain your involvement with someone who is on bail for murder?

  • joas - 2010-10-28 08:26

    benson is a criminal let law take its role, and he must be sentenced.

  • joas - 2010-10-28 08:29

    benson is a criminal let law take its role, and he must be sentenced.

  • ratshivhadelo m - 2010-10-28 10:35

    this is very bad for us as buccaneer but if he is innocence he must prove it in court and if he is gulty the law mut correct him like it do to every one

  • thabani - 2010-11-03 08:48

    people who we treat as our role models they just disappoint us if ever Mhlongo find guilty must serve his sentence no matter what. cos the position he was is against law thats it.

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