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Alleged Phala Phala mastermind Imanuwela David denied bail

Imanuwela David, the alleged mastermind behind the burglary at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala game farm has been denied bail.

Magistrate Predeshni Ponnan handed down judgment in the Bela Bela Magistrates Court in Limpopo on Friday.

Two other suspects linked to the burglary, Froliana Joseph and her brother Ndilinasho David Joseph, were released on R5 000 and R10 000 bail respectively last month.

David, along with his two co-accused, siblings Froliana and David Joseph, are charged with housebreaking and the theft of $580 000 (about R10.6 million at the time) from Ramaphosa‘s game farm in February 2020.


David and Froliana Joseph were arrested last month, while 27-year-old Ndilinasho David Joseph, the brother of Froliana, a former employee at the game farm handed himself over to police.

The theft came to light when former State Security Agency boss, Arthur Fraser, opened a case of kidnapping and money laundering against Ramaphosa, the head of the Presidential Protection Services Major-General Wally Rhoode and Crime Intelligence.

In other news – Zamani Mbatha (Khaya) allegedly FIRED from Isitha: The Enemy

Well-known South African actor Zamani Mbatha, who joined’s telenovela Isitha: The Enemy earlier this year as Khaya has reportedly been dropped.

Zamani Mbatha

Entertainment commentator Phil Mphela has announced that talented actor Zamani Mbatha has been let go by popular telenovela Isitha: The Enemy. “Zamani Mbatha fired from Isitha-TheEnemy. Mbatha plays the lead character of Khaya on the etv telenovela. No word on whether the role on the hit show will be recast,” said Mphela. Read More