Acid murder, accused still in custody ‘No bail for acid murderer’

2015-10-14 06:00
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LifeLine continues to appeal to the public to support the petition and stand up against gender-based violence.

PHOTO: nicole john LifeLine continues to appeal to the public to support the petition and stand up against gender-based violence.

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LIFELINE and supporting Pietermaritzburg organisations, continue to occupy the steps outside the city’s magistrate court petitioning for bail to be denied for alleged murderer, Siphiwe Mbanjwa (35), who is charged with the murder of Thulile Phungula (23).

Last week Mbanjwa made his third appearance in court in his application for bail after he was arrested shortly after Phungula’s death on 21 August.

During proceedings, Mbanjwa denied his involvement in the death of his former girlfriend, and said he had only learnt about her death a few days later. Phungula was killed during Women­’s Month, a time when the country puts the greatest focus on gender­-based violence.

It is alleged that it was Mbanjwa, who forced Phungula to drink battery acid, which resulted in her body disintegrating.

According to reports, Phungula was able to identify her killer before she succumbed to her injuries.

The court heard that she was possibly raped on the night of her murder as well and is awaiting DNA results.

The petition, developed by LifeLine in protest to bail being approved, continued to gain momentum and has been accepted as an exhibit opposing bail. It was said that certain comments, which were made, would be considered strong evidence against Mbanjwa getting bail and will be used for future hearing dates. The bail application resumes on 15 October. LifeLine continues to appeal to the public to support the petition and stand up against gender-based violence­

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