Thirteen of the 53 military veterans accused of holding two government ministers and a deputy minister hostage have been remanded in custody until Friday. The Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Centre Magistrate’s Court in Pretoria has found that the group may be linked to other criminal cases.

Forty of their co-accused have been released on bail of R500 each after the state managed to verify their personal details including residential addresses. The veterans face five counts of kidnapping after the hostage situation involving the ministers at a Centurion Hotel last Thursday.

“They are facing schedule one offence here before this court, but with the previous convictions or cases for which they are out on bail, I know there’s one specific accused that’s on parole for murder, those need to be dealt with differently. It will be a schedule five bail application and maybe those just set apart at this stage,” Prosecutor Sennet Jacobson explains.

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