Jacob Lebogo remains in custody after Boy Mamabolo shooting

2014-09-16 17:57

Former Limpopo ANC Youth League leader Jacob Lebogo said he was acting in self-defence when he shot and wounded Boy Mamabolo over the weekend.

Although details were not revealed, Lebogo today pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder and discharging a firearm in a public place.

Wearing a purple floral shirt, Lebogo appeared exhausted as he emerged from the holding cells at the Polokwane Magistrates’ Court.

He turned himself in earlier this morning after police reported that he was on the run. His lawyer Tumi Mokwena, who also represented Lebogo’s friend Julius Malema in the past, in his bid for bail dismissed reports that his client had been on the run.

He said 31-year-old Lebogo had called him after the shooting incident and that he had accompanied him to the police station.

Mokwena said they were told by the police to come back on Monday when dockets would have been opened.

He said it was untrue that police did not know of Lebogo’s whereabouts, because they could have contacted the suspect through his legal representative.

The state had earlier made an application for the matter to be postponed, saying Lebogo had only been arrested and that nothing had been ascertained in terms of whether he had any outstanding matters to enable the state to decide its position on his bail application.

The state said there were also other outstanding matters that were due to be heard today but Mokwena said that did not have anything to do with his client.

In the end, Mokwena was allowed to proceed with Lebogo’s bail application. However, the matter wasn’t taken any further as the state said it was unable to decide its position until some checks had been done on the suspect.

Left with limited options, magistrate Anne van der Merwe accepted the state’s proposal for the matter to be postponed until Thursday.

Lebogo was sent back to the holding cells, where he will spend two more nights before his bail application can be concluded.

A number of people wearing ANC colours packed the court. Malema’s cousin, Tshepo Malema, was among the known faces.

The Economic Freedom Fighter MPL in Limpopo and Malema’s close friend, Jossie Buthane, was also in court.

Tshepo and Buthane were seen talking to Mokwena shortly before court proceedings.

Although Lebogo had not declared himself an EFF member, he is known to have remained Malema’s close friend even after the latter’s ties with the ANC were cut.

The two have often been spotted together in public.

Malema and Mamabolo’s rivalry has been widely publicised, but it has now become known that Mamabolo also didn’t see eye to eye with Lebogo.

In his affidavit, which was read out in court in a bid to secure bail, Lebogo stated that he was a businessperson who owned several shops.

He said his total monthly income was R30 000 and that he employed seven people but he was responsible for the management of his businesses.

The state told the court that Lebogo had handed over his licensed firearm although it was not yet known whether it was the one used in the shooting.

It explained that his firearm carried 15 rounds of ammunition and that he brought it in with only 13 bullets. According to police’s reports, three shots were fired during the incident.

The incident happened at a Metro FM party on Sunday evening at the Waterland picnic venue in Polokwane.

Four people, including Mamabolo, were injured.

Police said Mamabolo was in a serious but stable condition at a local hospital. The others had been discharged.

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