The sentencing of Mbuso Moloi, the infamous ‘Woolies Looter’, has been postponed to July due to outstanding pre-sentencing reports. Moloi, who was caught on camera looting a Woolworths store in Glenwood, Durban, during the July 2021 civil unrest, pleaded guilty to charges of theft and contravention of the Road Traffic Management Act in March.
Moloi’s case has drawn significant attention due to the circumstances surrounding his crime. He was filmed carrying a basket of stolen goods from the Woolworths outlet and placing it into his Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupé before driving away. The vehicle, which was under finance, was later seized by the Asset Forfeiture Unit.
The case took an unexpected turn when it was revealed that Moloi had a “personality clash” with a correctional services official who was assessing whether he was a suitable candidate for correctional supervision. This clash has led to the request for a fresh correctional supervision report, delaying the sentencing proceedings.
As the legal drama unfolds, the public awaits the final verdict. The case serves as a stark reminder of the civil unrest that gripped the nation in July 2021, and the ongoing efforts to bring those responsible to justice. The postponement of Moloi’s sentencing has added another chapter to this high-profile case, keeping the public’s attention firmly fixed on the outcome.