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Heist gang's lone wolf

By unknown | Dec 01, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Simon Nare

Simon Nare

One member of the heist gang shot dead during a shootout with the police in Dobsonville, Soweto, on Monday was usually a loner.

Jabu Macdonald Mahlangu, pictured, is one of four robbers killed in a bloody shootout with the police after a cash-in-transit robbery at Teba Bank in the township.

Four other men were wounded and taken to hospital. Three of them were discharged from hospital on Wednesday.

The two who were not injured were taken into police custody.

None of the suspects have appeared in court and the police said they would all appear at the same time.

Mahlangu's cousin, Letjeka Makgobatlou, said Mahlangu's involvement in robberies was common knowledge.

He described his cousin as a quiet young man who kept to himself.

"When I visited him I would always find him sleeping. He mostly kept to himself and would only speak when spoken to. Even then you could see he was irritated," said Makgobatlou.

He said he didn't know Mahlangu's accomplices or where they lived.

Mahlangu was not known for flashing cash or bragging.

He was unemployed, but owned a vehicle.

He lived with his parents in Zola.

Makgobatlou said: "Sometimes he would disappear for days or weeks. I know that he used to change cars now and then, but he owned a micro bus.

"I can't say whether they were luxury cars or not. Some of them I didn't see because I don't live with him."

Mahlangu will be buried on Sunday at Slovo Cemetery. The service will be between 9am and 11am, at 86A Zola 3 in Soweto.


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