Teen in Witbank court for murder
Johannesburg - A 19-year-old Phalaborwa man appeared in the eMalahleni (Witbank) Magistrate's Court on Monday, accused of murdering a metered taxi driver and stealing his car, Beeld reported.
Edward Charles de Beer was initially arrested in Phalaborwa on February 14 for being in possession of Peter Mpumelelo Mabuza’s Toyota Tazz, which had been reported stolen two days before. He was released on R2 000 bail.
Beeld newspaper reported on Tuesday that De Beer's brother-in-law, with whom De Beer lived, called the police on February 12 after finding the house in disarray, traces of blood, and the teenager missing.
De Beer was initially arrested for being in possession of the vehicle.
When police later realised that Mabuza was dead, De Beer was rearrested on a charge of murder on February 23.
Lydenburg police found Mabuza's body, wrapped in plastic, dumped about 5km outside the town.
State prosecutor Ellen Mafata told the court De Beer had contacted Mabuza on the night of the murder to take him to Phalaborwa.
De Beer's lawyer, Harris Malepe, says his client was partially disabled on one side of his body, and could neither have wrapped a body nor disposed of it.
De Beer would remain in custody until his next court appearance.