Famous gospel group Joyous Celebration member Lynnzay Baatjies showed up in court this week for allegedly stealing slippers, a bra and undies from Woolworths in Rosebank, Joburg. Joyous Celebration member Lynnzay Baatjies is singing the blues after she was arrested for stealing clothing.
The singer got arrested at Woolworths in Rosebank, Joburg, after she was allegedly caught in possessing of goods she didn’t pay for on December 8.
She was detained at the Rosebank police station and was later released on R500 bail, helping her to be on time for the music group’s live DVD recording that took place the next day.
Baatjies showed up in the Hillbrow Magistrate’s Court this week where she argued not guilty. She asked the issue to be delayed because her lawyer was not ready to make it to court with her.
Wearing a floral gown and black tights, Baatjies avoided photographers as she rushed into an awaiting car which was parked outside the court.
According to the police statement, the artist was found in possessing of slippers, a bra and undies adding up to more than R600..
“When she exited the shop, she was searched by a security guard and failed to produce the slip for the items that were found in her bag,” stated the statement.
According to the police sources at Rosebank police station where she was kept, she asked cops to release her because she was going to perform at the live recording of Joyous Celebration 22, which took place in Sandton on the 9th of December.
When she was reached for comment, Baatjies said she would not like to discuss her arrest and court appearance.
“Where did you get my numbers from? I really don’t want to talk about it ma’am,” she said before hanging up.
Joyous Celebration co-founder Lindelani Mkhize was shocked to find out about the issue since he didn’t know about the alleged crime.
“I will have to find out if this is true. I find it very hard to believe because we performed … She was fine and gave the best performance,” he said.
He said if the matter was valid, they would help her where possible because she is part of family.