No bail for four accused

2016-08-03 06:00
THE courtroom was packed during the bail application hearing for the four accused.

THE courtroom was packed during the bail application hearing for the four accused.

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TEMPERS flared up at the Galeshewe Magistrate’s Court on Monday (01/08) when four accused, Joseph Mqobo, Nomsa Mazibuko, Maruping Magwabane and Clarens Mkhonto, refused to apply for bail.

The four were arrested in connection with the dissappearance of Keitumetse Magwadibane (5) of Promised Land, Kimberley, who had disappeared on Thursday, 14 July.

The case has been postponed for further investigation until Tuesday, 6 September.

The four will remain in custody. Members of the community, who packed the courtroom, seemed to have the intention of ripping the four apart the minute they walked in.

Members of the community had to be calmed down before the court proceedings started.

One family member could not contain herself and tapped at the glass window separating them from the accused, telling Mazibuko to “return the child”.

Mazibuko did not react.

Mixed feelings were expressed amongst the family members and the community as to why they were looking foward to the bail application appearance.

Some wanted the accused to be handed over to them to be “dealt with”, while some said the hearing was in everyone’s best interest.

However, the residents of Phutanang chanted that “the sangoma” must never return into the community. Mazibuko is allegedly a traditional healer.

A family member, Tshegofatso Tong, said that the family was still in a state of confusion regarding the incident and the court proceedings.

“Some of us wanted them to get bail so that they can bring us to where the child is, while the others feel that they must rot in jail. It has been too long for us now.”

Traditional healers were also picketing outside the court building in support of the family.

“All we want is the child,” said Benny Collins, the provincial secretary of the National Unitary Professional Association for African Traditional Health Practitioners of South Africa (NUPAATHPSA).

According to the organisation, they regret the incident of the dissappearance of the child. That is why they are in agreement with the community for the accused to return the child.

“This is really disturbing, because from now on, we will continue to be implicated whenever a person or a child disappears,” added Collins.

“We are happy that they (the accused) have abandoned the opportunity for bail application.”

According to Collins, who says that the one accused, Mazibuko, is not registered in the traditional healers’ database, this incident should serve as a lesson to other bogus doctors who claim to be healers.

He revealed that they (the organisation) have been fighting this for many years, as the number of bogus doctors are increasing on a daily basis.

“We hear that she is from Swaziland, but nevertheless we do not know or recognise her in the province.”

Mazibuko is reported to be living in her house with four children between the ages of 5 and 11.

The community feels that it must also be investigated if they belong to her or if she has abducted them.

Pantsi Obusitse from Wanya Tsotsi said that although the police has called off the search, they and the community will continue to follow up on any leads that come up.

“As long as the community stand together, we can achieve more. We still have hope that we will find the child alive,” he said.

“We have the responsibility of looking after the community and the children.”

Mosala Mosala is prosecuting. Mazibuko’s attorney is Lee-Anne Sullaphan, while the attorney for the other three accused is Thabitha Rhadebe.

The magistrate is André Williams.

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