The Vryburg Magistrates’ Court granted Sibongile Dube (35) R500 bail after he was caught smashing the Vryburg Magistrates’ Court windows. He is charged with malicious damage to property and his case is set for 18 February 2022 for further investigations. A Legal Aid attorney has been appointed to represent him, the state did not oppose his bail application as he is deemed not to be a flight risk and has a fixed address. Dube is however barred from interfering with state witnesses.
In his appearance in court on Monday, 17 January 2022, Dube opted to represent himself then told the court that he intends to plead guilty for his offence. He however changed his mind later and requested Legal Aid representation. He claimed his actions were driven by anger, following a three-month jail sentence he served for failing to appear in court on a separate offence in June 2020. He also attributed his anger to a two-year sentence he received in 2009 on an assault case. He alleges he had a valid reason for not attending court but was nonetheless sentenced.
A security officer on duty on 09 January 2022 heard windows being smashed, and upon investigation saw the suspect running away from the scene. The security officer gave chase and caught Dube, the police were called and he was arrested and officially charged.