Port Elizabeth court hears money thief’s tale of misery

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A businessman’s raw grief – first at having watched a burning building crumble onto his young son, and later an attempt to take his own life due to his depression – were laid bare in a Port Elizabeth court just before he was sentenced for theft on Thursday.

Mlungisi John’s personal circumstances and the promise to reimburse his victim may have seen him escape a jail term, but the former taxi boss did not get off lightly, with a magistrate placing him under house arrest 24 hours a day, 16 hours of community service a month, and an order to attend life skills programmes...

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