Murder suspects denied bail

2017-05-19 06:01
 Photos: siphelele nketoThe two suspects in the dock.

Photos: siphelele nketoThe two suspects in the dock.

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SIPHELELE NKETO and KHAYA MAGENU­

THE Umzimkhulu Magistrate’s Court was packed when two suspects appeared last Friday charged with the attack and murder of Umzimkhulu Municipality speaker and deputy secretary of the ANC in Harry Gwala region, Khaya Thobela (47).

Thobela was struck down in a hail of bullets by unknown gunmen at his home in Mfundweni on April 20 and died three days later in Port Shepstone Hospital.

The first suspect (37), arrested by police in Ladysmith as he allegedly fled the province, told the court his attorney was unaware of his appearance date.

The court ordered him to tell his attorney to attend the next appearance in order for him to apply for bail.

The second suspect (33), charged with possession of stolen property, chose to represent himself, but the court told him he had to get representation and he chose to be represented by a legal aid attorney. He was found in possession of a stolen vehicle that was allegedly used when Thobela was murdered.

Heavily armed police kept watch on ANC members who protested outside calling for the suspects to be denied bail.

Addressing more than 500 people outside the court, provincial ANC Deputy Secretary Mluleki Ndobe asked people to calm down and allow justice to play its role.

He said detectives told them the case will be solved quickly because witnesses are ready to give evidence about the murder.

Both suspects were denied bail and told to return in court on May 12 while investigations continue.

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