Why is there only one accused? Jake Smith’s friends ask at court

2014-07-09 00:00

THE man accused of stabbing motorsport star Jake Smith to death has been arrested and appeared in court yesterday, but Smith’s friends say this is not enough: they want more people in the dock for the murder.

Smith was stabbed to death after an altercation broke out when he was ­accused of jumping the queue in the drive-thru lane of a KFC outlet on Sunday morning.

Speaking at the court appearance of taxi driver Siboniso Edward Dlamini (28) yesterday, Chris Ireland told The Witness that Smith had been assaulted before being stabbed and they wanted those involved in the assault charged too. “Why is only the driver charged? They [those who assaulted Smith] should be charged with common purpose,” he said.

At his appearance, Dlamini applied for a Legal Aid attorney and was not asked to plead.

State prosecutor Rene Padayachee told the court she was not opposing bail, but added that authorities needed to verify Dlamini’s alternative address.

Magistrate Ntsoaki Ndawonde remanded Dlamini until July 15 while investigations into the incident continue.

Prior to being killed, Smith was confronted by former Maritzburg United soccer star Orlando Smeekes for apparently jumping the queue. Dlamini, who was Smeekes’s driver, is alleged to have entered the fray and stabbed Smith.

It is believed that Smeekes frequently uses Dlamini’s services as a metered taxi driver.

A source close to the investigation told The Witness that Dlamini had handed in the murder weapon to the police and had waited for the police to come to where he was. He is a first offender with no pending cases against him.

Meanwhile, Smith’s friends created a page on Facebook, campaigning against Dlamini’s application for bail.

The “No Bail for Murderer of Jake — Khumalo Boi Smith” page had almost 2 000 followers yesterday.

A memorial service will be held at Carter High School for Smith — who was known as “Khumalo Boi” in drifting circles — at 11 am on Friday.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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