Woolworths ‘Mercedes looter’ to plead guilty to theft and public violence

03 August 2021 - 12:01 By orrin singh
Mbuso Moloi faces theft and public violence charges after allegedly looting items in Durban.
Mbuso Moloi faces theft and public violence charges after allegedly looting items in Durban.
Image: Orrin Singh

The 30-year-old Mercedes-Benz driver who went viral on social media after being captured on video footage allegedly looting a Durban Woolworths store intends to plead guilty to several charges including theft and public violence.

Mbuso Moloi appeared in the Durban magistrate’s court on Tuesday. It was revealed he intends to plead guilty to the charges, which also include trespassing and operating a vehicle without a corresponding number plate.

The court heard the self-employed tenderpreneur owns two vehicles and lives with his parents in Cowies Hill, near Pinetown.

The state had alleged Moloi had two previous pending cases, but defence attorney Mfanafuthi Biyela dismissed the allegations and said his client had no previous pending matters.

Prosecutor Ronitha Singh said the value of the goods stolen by Moloi had yet to be verified.

Moloi handed himself to the police last week after they had been on the hunt for him since July 16, four days after a video of him allegedly walking out of Woolworths in Glenwood with a basket full of goods went viral on social media.

He was granted R5,000 bail and will have to inform the investigating officer should he want to leave the province.

The case was postponed to August 12 for finalisation.

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