Cape Town - Four people accused of robbing the Table View Spur of R88 000 were found guilty in the Cape Town Regional Court on Wednesday.
Magistrate Wilma van der Merwe found Mziyanda Nethe, Linda Kali, Sibongile Mbinda and Asanda Magwa guilty of robbery while Nethe was also convicted of possession of a firearm and ammunition.
They were arrested soon after the robbery took place on November 28, 2012. It was the State’s case that a day before the robbery Spur received a booking for a party at the restaurant.
On the morning of the robbery, the suspects phoned to confirm the booking and arrived at the restaurant at 7.30am. After asking to speak to the operational manager one of the four pulled out a firearm.
They ordered staff into the freezer and stole the contents of the safe.
Nethe and Mbinda claimed that they were wrongfully arrested because of “mistaken identity” while Kali and Magwa testified they were “forced to participate” in the robbery. The court rejected their version of events.
Van der Merwe said it was clear from the CCTV footage that Nethe and Mbinda were “part and parcel” of the planning and robbery.
She added that losing weight and cutting their dreadlocks did not change their appearance.
The matter was postponed to Wednesday for sentencing.