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Woolworths ‘Mercedes looter’ says he's broke and needs legal aid. After reportedly plundering a store in Durban, Mbuso Moloi faces theft and public violence charges. Photo from the archive. The 30-year-old Mercedes-Benz driver who went viral after being caught on film reportedly robbing a Woolworths shop in Durban during last year's July turmoil says he is broke.

On Thursday, a well-dressed Mbuso Moloi appeared in the Durban magistrate's court, where he was scheduled to plead guilty to accusations of theft, trespassing, and driving without a valid license plate.

However, Moloi's lawyer withdrew his representation, claiming that his mandate had expired. Moloi had fired his second counsel in the case. The self-employed tenderpreneur, who owns two vehicles and lives with his parents in Cowies Hill, near Pinetown, told the court he was broke and had no money for private representation. 

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He stated that he had signed into a plea agreement with the state and that he intended to carry out the terms of the agreement. We met with the SPP [senior public prosecutor] a few weeks ago and discussed everything. I aim to do whatever we discussed that day.

He refused to elaborate further, but expressed anxiety about the amount of counts against him. Moloi claims that he agreed to seven of the eight offenses during negotiations with the state.

Moloi's expectations of having his case resolved by Thursday were dashed when the legal aid representative informed the court that the businessman did not qualify for free representation since his salary did not meet the requirements.

On May 19, 2022, Mbuso Moloi speaks with investigating officer Warrant Officer Rajan Govender outside of court. He admitted that he was suffering financial difficulties, but that he would seek legal advice and complete a means test. He hasn't provided me all of his financial information.

Moloi's case was delayed until May 31 to allow him to file an application for Legal Aid. His R5,000 bail has been increased.

Moloi became famous after the DA's eThekwini leader, Nicole Graham, shared a video showing him leaving a Woolworths store in Glenwood with a basket, which he then placed into a Mercedes-Benz at the height of the violence.

He first stated to TimesLIVE that he was not looting and that the situation had been misinterpreted. I took things from the exterior, not the inside. I didn't go into Woolworths, he admitted at the time.

Graham, on the other hand, threw cold water on his claims when she posted a lengthier video showing Moloi exiting the store.

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