Sithole murder accused back in court

2015-05-13 05:27
Protesters outside the Alexandra Magistrate's Court. (Naledi Shange, News24)

Protesters outside the Alexandra Magistrate's Court. (Naledi Shange, News24)

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Johannesburg - Four men implicated in the death of Mozambican national Emmanuel Sithole will be back in the Alexandra Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

During their appearance last week, the group abandoned their bid for bail.

Ayanda Sibiya, Bhengu Mthinta, Sizwe Mngomezulu, and Sifundi Mzimela are facing charges of murder and robbery.

Vinesh Ramlakan, for Mthinta and Sibiya, said they might enter into a plea bargain with the State.

Vhonani Matshidza, for Mngomezulu and Mizemala, said his clients might plead not guilty.

The group, all in their 20s, allegedly stole cigarettes from Sithole, a vendor, and attacked him when he confronted them on Saturday, April 18.

Sithole's death occurred during a wave of xenophobic attacks in April. It started in townships around Durban and spread to Gauteng.

At least seven people, including three South Africans and Sithole, were killed. Scores were injured and displaced.

Speaking at a Freedom Day celebration, President Jacob Zuma said Sithole had used an alias while he lived in South Africa, however, his sister, Thando Sithole denied that he was using a fake name.

Speaking to News24 outside court last week, she said his name was Emmanuel Josias Sithole.

Thando Sithole said she did not know if her brother was in South Africa legally, but his passport was used to obtain his death certificate.

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