Lira burglary suspect to apply for bail

The two men will appear in court next week after they were found with stolen items in their possession.

Takalani Netshikuni and Stephen Safara, two men accused of breaking into songress' Lira's house, appeared at the Randburg Magistrates Court on 12 August 2013. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - One of the two suspects arrested in connection with a burglary at singer Lira's Johannesburg home is expected to apply for bail when the matter resumes in court next week.

The duo was found with the singer's items including her South African Music Awards (SAMA) statuettes when they were arrested in Alexandra at the weekend.

Stephen Sofara and Takalani Netshituni made a brief appearance in the Randburg Magistrates Court on Monday and are expected to return to court next Tuesday.

While Netshituni said he would apply for bail, his co-accused has opted not to do the same saying he is homeless and needs legal aid assistance.

The two men allegedly broke into Lira's home on Friday.

She and her husband were attending a Women's Day function in the south of the city.

Police have since recovered some of the stolen items including seven of her SAMA statuettes.

The burglary came just days after robbers broke into Archbishop Desmond Tutu's Milnerton home in Cape Town. The robbers took small items from the house.

Tutu and his wife were sleeping at the time.