Police nyala crashes outside Brakpan court

2014-01-13 13:21
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2014-01-08 08:30

Scores of Brakpan residents have expressed outrage over the murder of a 4-year-old girl during the court appearance of the alleged perpetrator.WATCH

Johannesburg - A police nyala which was apparently being used as a decoy vehicle crashed into another vehicle outside the Brakpan Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Scores of people were waiting outside one of the court entrances to see the man accused of raping and murdering his 4-year-old niece.

However, he was sneaked out the premises through another entrance.

The nyala, which was thought to have been following the vehicle the man was in, crashed into another vehicle at an intersection, damaging the front part of the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle that was smashed by the nyala, Solly Mnguni, was not injured. His wife's elbow was slightly hurt.

"We were just passing and it came speeding out of the gate," said Mnguni's wife.

Protesters clad in pink

Protesters rushed to the scene.

"That's what they get for trying to hide this criminal from us," said one woman.

"Ja, they are just sneaky, now they must pay," said another.

Most of those on the scene were wearing pink T-shirts. The girl was wearing a pink T-shirt the day she was killed.

The 23-year-old man accused of killing her wore the same black and grey striped T-shirt he wore to court last week.

He once again avoided making eye-contact with people in the public gallery, looking down at his hands and fiddling with them during the proceedings.

He has now been provided with a legal aid lawyer, Pieter van Niekerk, who indicated that his client had chosen to remain silent and not to apply for bail. He would undergo DNA tests.

The man may not be named until he has pleaded.

The case was postponed to 13 March for further investigation.

Man confesses to crime

Among those at the hearing on Monday was Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana.

The girl was reported missing on Saturday, 28 December.

After questioning by the police, her uncle apparently confessed to the crime.

He showed the police the girl's body underneath a bed in her father's flat.

Confidence in state’s case

Her parents are divorced and the father reportedly left her in the man's care while he spent time with his girlfriend.

Last Monday, National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Mxolisi Nxasana expressed confidence in the case against the man.

"It's a watertight case and we are certain that we will make a conviction," he said.

Hundreds of people attended the girl's memorial service held in the city last week.

The girl was cremated last week and her mother had said she intended to scatter her daughter's ashes in the ocean.

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