Millions intended to be spent on the health needs of Eastern Cape residents have gone missing from d.
Seven alleged robbers, who grabbed more than R400000 during a daring armed robbery at a pension pay-point near East London, appeared in the Mdantsane magistrates' court yesterday.
Lindile Magi, 35, Lizo Lumbe, 25, both from Port Elizabeth; and Camagu Zimele, 31, Luvuyo Mcapukisi, 34, Mncedisi Titshala, 32, Lungisile Jamiso, 37, Msobomvu Qhinga, 44, all from Mdantsane, allegedly stormed an AllPay pension pay-point at Newlands on July 12 last year.
Three of them were disguised as Fidelity Springbok Services guards. It is alleged all were armed with pistols.
While the plain-clothed robbers went inside the pay-point, those wearing uniforms held three security guards at gunpoint and disarmed them of their rifles.
One of the guards, who hid behind a string of vehicles, was shot and injured after firing at the robbers.
The accused allegedly grabbed keys from the guards and emptied all the cash in one of AllPay's vehicles. They also emptied the cash machines in the community hall's pay-point.
The gang fled in a Ford Courier to Mdantsane.
It is alleged the accused off-loaded the cash into a VW Jetta in Mdantsane and torched the Ford Courier.
Two of them drove to NU10 in Mdantsane where the rest later joined them.
They were arrested after one of them allegedly bought a minibus for cash despite the fact that he was unemployed.
The seven were remanded in custody after their case was postponed to February 13 for a bail application.