Ex- Generations The Legacy actor and Abo Mzala veteran actor Thembile Botman – who was last year charged with bread theft criminal indictment has finally got his charges withdrawn after a year-long battle in courts.
Thembile Botman was last year on 26 September charged with bread theft, robbery, malicious damage to property and public violence after he took part in a community protest that spiralled into violence at the Orkney-Potchefstroom Road near Khuma.
It is alleged that he was bust by police during a protest after community members – including him stopped a bread delivery truck. The driver was intimidated and his keys taken from him. The truck was then opened and all bread in it was stolen.
“Some members of the community had allegedly embarked on a violent protest on 16 September on what appeared to be related to service delivery,” North West police spokeswoman, Colonel Adele Myburgh said in a statement after the arrest of community members.
During the protest, members of the community burnt down ANC councillors’ houses.
While other members of the community were charged together with Mr Botman and are out on R1 000 bail, his robbery charges were withdrawn earlier this year. And last Friday, charges of malicious damage to property and public violence were withdrawn leaving him a free man.
It is no secret how much strain the whole debacle had on his personal life, especially on his job. His lawyer Gcina Dlanjwa said in a statement: (Mr Thembile Botman) ” fell out of favour with fans who considered him a role model when he featured on various TV series including Generations The Legacy and Abo Mzala.”
“We’re delighted that the matter has finally come to rest, and Mr Botman may continue with his normal life,” he added.