Inchanga 'political killing' accused get bail

2016-02-10 18:28

Durban – Five men accused of killing two people at an SA Communist Party public meeting were granted bail by the Camperdown Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, the National Prosecuting Authority said.

Bafanyana Maxwell Shange, 42, Zamokwakhe Shozi, 38, Buka Shozi 44, Nhlanhla Majola, 44, and Mabhunu Madondo, 36, were granted R10 000 bail each.

KwaZulu-Natal NPA spokesperson Natasha Kara said Shange was asked not to communicate with State witnesses and had to report to Inchanga police station every Monday and Friday. However, paradoxically, he was not allowed to enter the Inchanga area.

The NPA said it would clarify the contradictory bail conditions later. 

The matter was postponed until February 21 for further investigation.

Bongani Hlatshwayo, 38, and Phillip Dlamini, 69, were shot dead during a public meeting at the Kwandokweni sports ground in Inchanga on January 24.

The killings deepened divisions between the ANC and the SACP in the area. The local SACP pulled out of preparations for this year's local government elections and called for national intervention into the killings. 

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