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Security Guard Who Stole R4m in 2019 Finally Caught & Arrested, Appears in court; Here Are the Details & How She Now Looks

A former security guard who had been on the run after allegedly stealing R4m in 2019 was arrested last week after the Gauteng task team for serious and violent crime received a tip-off that she was hiding in Zola, Soweto.


Bathobile Mlangeni, 29, wearing a light-coloured blouse, made her first appearance at the Alexandra magistrate’s court on Friday morning, where she applied for legal aid.

“Police can confirm that the former employee of SBV, who was sought for the alleged theft of millions of rands, was arrested in Zola, Soweto, on Thursday, 6 January 2022,” he said


Bathobile Mlangeni appears in the Alexandra magistrate's court on January 14 2022.


Her bail hearing was postponed to Monday for a legal aid attorney to be appointed for her.

Mlangeni, who worked as a security guard at one of the biggest cash-in-transit companies in SA, allegedly cut open two bulk cash bags and transferred the money into a number of refuse bags before placing them in a trolley and walking out the Mall of Africa, where she was on duty.


Bathobile Mlangeni, who is accused of stealing R4m from an SBV depot.


Two weeks after Mlangeni allegedly executed the audacious theft in July 2019, she sought refuge in a three-roomed RDP house in Buhle Park township, near Germiston, under the pretext of being on the run from “an abusive boyfriend”.

The police eventually tracked her down to her hiding place in Soweto last week.


Earlier, News24 reported that Mlangeni had reportedly been seen on CCTV footage stuffing millions of rands into rubbish bags at SBV’s cash depot at the Mall of Africa in Midrand.

News24 further reported that the woman had allegedly cut open two bulk cash bags and put the money in refuse bags, placed them in a trolley and walked off.

Mlangeni did not return to work and her whereabouts remained unknown.Her former employer, SBV Services, previously appealed to members of the public for any information which may assist police in their investigation.



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