The two suspects appeared separately at the Mdutjana Magistrate’s Court in Mpumalanga on Friday, 8th April 2022. Simon Skosana, 37, and Jan Masilela, 32 were arrested in connection with esteemed artist Esther Mahlangu’s robbery.
Skosana faces charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances for the incident which took place on March 19th, 2022.
He is alleged to have broken into Mahlangu’s home and managed to have himself locked into her house while she was trying to take a nap. He then apparently proceeded to assault Ma Mahlangu, punching her in the face, tying her up, and strangling her until she lost consciousness. Leaving her to later wake up in a ransacked house, with her gun being taken from her safe. She was then admitted into the hospital and had since been recovering.
The police launched a manhunt in search of the person or people responsible for the heinous crime. Masilela who is the second accused has been linked to the robbery through the charge of possession of an unlicensed firearm which is said to be the same firearm that belongs to the world-renowned artist. The weapon is said to have been sold several times before the police recovered it.
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Seven suspects were questioned and five were released after giving their statements to police, who were later found not to be linked to the robbery.
“According to the report, police pounced on the first suspect at around 2 am at Mogononong in Siyabuswa. He was found with the firearm and its serial number filed off, hidden in the toilet cistern, wrapped in plastic,” said Mpumalanga police spokesperson, Brigadier Selvy Mohlala.
Skosana is expected to appear in court on April 20, 2022, while Masilela is due back in court on May 10th, 2022.
One of the two suspects appearing in court in connection with the attack on Esther Mahlangu has been granted bail. The 87-year-old world-renowned Ndebele artist was attacked in her Siyabuswa home in Mpumalanga last month. #eNCA's @HeidiGiokos has the latest. #DStv403 pic.twitter.com/4kn7zcPaTh
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