Alleged killer fit to stand trial

2015-12-03 06:00
Monica Daweti, Simphiwe Mahleza, the father of the deceased, Lindelwa Mafuya and Nokuzola Nkwandla in front of Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Friday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Monica Daweti, Simphiwe Mahleza, the father of the deceased, Lindelwa Mafuya and Nokuzola Nkwandla in front of Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Friday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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The suspect in the killing of Amanda Duze, 21, whose body was dug out of a shallow grave in their backyard in Gugulethu last week, re-appeared in Athlone Magistrate’s Court, on Tuesday.

His first appearance was last Friday, but was postponed to this week pending a psychiatric report on his mental well-being.

Proportional Representative (PR) Councillor Constance Leputhing, who attended the case on Tuesday, said the court found that the suspect, 32, was “mentally fit to stand the trial.”

The suspect, whose name cannot be published as he has not pleaded in court, has declined a lawyer offered by the state.

His next court appearance is on 30 December where he is expected to make a bail application.

Some members of ANC Women’s League together with a group of residents attended the court case on the days.

The silence was disrupted in court after the magistrate raised the issue of checking the suspect’s mental status.

The residents were heard saying the suspect is “fine” and that he is a “dog.”

Simphiwe Mahleza, the father of the deceased, together with member’s of ANC Women’s League, were also present in court during the court appearances.

Mahleza believes that the suspect was well aware of what he was doing.

“I do not believe that he is mentally unstable. He knows everything he did.

He killed her very brutally,” he said.

Duze arrived in the Mother City from Gauteng province where she was staying with her grandmother, in August.

Leputhing said they attended the case to show support to both families of the deceased.

“We are here to say the law must take its course. This (murder) is very scary and bad,” she added.

City Vision reported about the story last week.

The deceased naked body was found last Sunday after a brief search for her.

Her clothes, together with those of the suspect were found in the dust bin with blood stains.

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