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Alleged R2m hotel thief granted bail

Crime & Courts

Johannesburg - A man arrested in connection with the theft of cash from a Sandton, Johannesburg, hotel guest was granted bail by the Alexandra Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Bail for Muzi Khumalo, 24, was set at R2000, police spokesman Warrant Officer Moses Maphakela said.

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File picture of the Holiday Inn in Sandton. A guest at the Sandton Holiday Inn opened a case of theft after claiming more than R2 million was taken from his room. Picture: Timothy Bernard

He would be back in court on July 30. Khumalo was arrested in Sandton on Sunday, a day after the robbery in the Holiday Inn hotel.

Prominent Jordanian banker Farid Alshabbar claimed EU180 000 (R1.8m) and R300 000 in cash were taken from a safe in his hotel room.

Maphakela said Khumalo was found in possession of some of the stolen money.

“He faces a charge of business burglary and theft.”

The Holiday Inn said it was co-operating with the police's investigation. - Sapa

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