THE shoplifting case against former Generations actress Maggie Benedict has been postponed to January 28 after she appeared briefly in the Randburg Magistrates’ Court yesterday, City Press reported.
Benedict, who played Akhona in the SABC1 soapie, was released on a warning on Wednesday night after spending a few hours in the Linden Police Station’s holding cells.
She was arrested after allegedly stealing a R17.90 packet of Panado tablets at Checkers in Joburg’s Cresta mall on Wednesday.
Sarita van Wyk, Checkers’ manager of corporate communications & customer relations, confirmed the incident to Channel24.
“At this moment in time I can only confirm the incident but can’t discuss any details,” Van Wyk said.
Dressed in a gold and black doek, black skirt, white T-shirt and black sweater and brown boots, Benedict eyed press photographers and members of the public who snapped pictures of her with their iPads and cellphones from the gallery.
She occasionally chatted to a woman who accompanied her to court and her lawyer, Kaiser Jonathan.
The court postponed the case to January 28 when Jonathan asked it to do so to afford his client time to make representations.
When the case was adjourned, Benedict walked into an empty court room in an attempt to evade scores of journalists who had gathered outside to try and get comment from her.
A man who introduced himself as her brother closed the door and guarded it to prevent journalists from talking to her.
He refused to answer any questions.
Jonathan told journalists that Benedict would be acquitted before the matter could even go to trial as the charge levelled against her was “preposterous”. – City Press/Channel24.