Protest at court over arson bail

2010-07-27 00:00

POLICE were called to remove a large crowd of toyi-toyiing protesters from blocking the entrance to the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

They were demonstrating against the granting of bail to four men charged with an arson attack on the home of an African National Congress councillor, Patrick Jaca, on June 23.

No violence ensued and the crowd dispersed peacefully.

Only one of the four accused, Phumlani Xulu (33), was gran­ted bail of R1 000 yesterday.

The state opposed bail for the other three men, Snoti Thikuzi (41), Mduduzi Mkhize (44) and Donely Molefe (34).

Their case was postponed to August 12 for a formal bail application.

The accused have not been asked to plead to the charge they face in conncection with the petrol-bombing of Jaca’s home on the night of June 23.

Jaca’s wife, Thembisile, told The Witness that the family were asleep when she was wo­ken in the early hours of the morning by a noise and saw what she described as a “ball of fire” near the window.

She raised the alarm and the fire was extinguished.

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