The OR Tambo International Airport robbery trial has been postponed yet again. This is because the Johannesburg High Court is still waiting for an interpreter from Namibia. Two of the accused are Namibians, who speak only Herero. They are part of a gang accused of stealing millions in foreign currency from a cargo plane in March 2006.
Fifteen people were originally charged with the armed robbery but two of them have since died. The two main accused, Sean Soobramoney and Nazir Ishmail, have since pleaded guilty. They were sentenced to 20 years each, suspended for 5 years, on condition that they turn State witness.
This morning, only six of the eight remaining suspects were in court. Namibian national Tijuana Uakotela did not arrive in court as expected and another suspect, Zimbabwean national Vusi Khumalo, has been mistakenly deported to his home country. The only female accused, Magdalena Moonsammy, pleaded guilty today.
The defense expects some of the remaining accused to also plead and the case resumes on September 1.