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Police: Morula's arrest was not hasty

Police arrested 10 men including the former Bafana player for allegedly plotting to hold up a cigarette truck.

FILE: Former Bafana footballer Lebogang Morula in court on 10 April 2015. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police have dismissed suggestions they were too hasty in arresting 10 men for allegedly plotting to hold up a cigarette truck after seven suspects were released without being charged.

The three accused, including former Bafana footballer Lebogang Morula, appeared in the Boksburg Magistrates Court yesterday on charges of being in possession of a cellphone jammer and a police uniform.

Morula, Obed Tsitangu and Sizabantu Ngabi made a brief appearance in court yesterday before the matter was postponed for two weeks.

An attorney for two of the suspects released without being charged told Eyewitness News that the police had no evidence to link them to the heist they were allegedly planning to commit.

The police's Kay Makhubela has defended their conduct.

"It's not an issue of quickly arresting and placing the case on the role, but we will continue to investigate. So far we're happy because amongst the 10, there are some suspects who are placed on the role."

Police had intended charging the 10 with conspiracy to commit robbery.