Man accused of plotting to break into bottle store gets bail

23 April 2020 - 15:28 By Philani Nombembe
Sihle Mnethe was freed on R1,000 bail on April 23 2020.
Sihle Mnethe was freed on R1,000 bail on April 23 2020.
Image: Facebook/Sihle Mnethe

A man who devised an elaborate plan to break into a liquor store and posted it on Facebook was granted bail on Thursday. 

Sihle Mnethe, 21, spent seven days behind bars after cops nabbed him following his controversial post.

He made it as South Africans were running out of booze after the banning of liquor sales as part of the lockdown regulations aimed at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

According to Eric Ntabazalila, spokesperson for the NPA in the Western Cape, Mnethe allegedly posted “how to break into the Shoprite liquor store in Delft and described escape routes”. Ntabazalila said the Bellville magistrate's court released Mnethe on R1,000 bail. 

The bespectacled man posted a picture of himself on a pavement after a recent court appearance with the caption: “Always smiling!”

In an April 10 post, he said: “Actually I don't have a drinking problem, it's these shops that have a selling problem. Since they stopped selling have you seen me drinking? Exactly!”

Editor's note: The National Prosecuting Authority advised media after Mnethe's arrest that he was a University of Cape Town student. It has since emerged that he dropped out of UCT in 2018. This article has been amended to remove references to UCT.