Mkhize murder suspect wants bail, but lawyer fails to show

2012-12-14 00:00

THE man accused of the murder of ANC politician Wandile Mkhize was prepared for his bail application hearing yesterday, but his lawyer didn’t show up.

Cedrick Kwanele Hlongwane (40) told the Ramsgate Magistrate’s Court yesterday that he had had no contact with his lawyer since his last appearance a month ago.

Neatly dressed in a brown corduroy jacket, jeans and a sweater, Hlongwane told magistrate Elize Coetzer that he didn’t have a contact number for his attorney.

His co-accused is Dumisani Sikhakhane (33).

“I don’t know where he is … I have not spoken to him since last month … Perhaps my girlfriend at home will have a contact number for him,” he said.

Coetzer asked that the accused stand down while state advocate Makhosi Mthembu made the necessary phone calls.

However, her attempts at tracking down the accused’s lawyer were unsuccessful.

The men are alleged to have shot and killed Mkhize and his friend, Nhlakanipo Shabane, in Manaba in June 2012.

The case was postponed to January 21 for the bail application to be heard.

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