Pupils in court over 'race murder'
Jinine Botha, Beeld
Johannesburg - Three high school pupils are set to appear in the South Gauteng High Court in June charged with the murder of a 59-year-old Randfontein man.
Sources say the State will argue that the murder was racially motivated.
The three, one of them 16 and the other two 17, appeared briefly on a charge of murder on Tuesday.
One of the pupils is a student at Jan Viljoen High School in Randfontein, another at Monument High School in Krugersdorp and the third is from a Free State high school.
The case was postponed because one of the accused has a new lawyer who needs time to prepare for the case.
According to the charge sheet, the boys attacked Ntshola Petrus Modise on a smallholding in Dwarskloof, Randfontein, on July 8 last year.
Modise tried to flee, but the teens chased him and allegedly stabbed him to death.
They reportedly fled when someone saw them and fired a warning shot.
Members of the community tracked down two of the suspected killers and the third was arrested. The third was arrested at a Krugersdorp hospital, where he was being treated for a head wound.
During a bail application after their arrest, it was revealed that gloves, balaclavas and a telescopic sight had been found in their possession.