No bail for Limpopo trio who fought police over phone call at voting station

2016-08-05 17:08

Malamulele - The case of four suspects who got in a fight with police on election day in Xigalo, outside Malamulele, was postponed to August 12 by the Malamulele Magistrate's Court today. The second accused was granted R5 000 bail.

Fumani Chabalala, 25, Makombisi Hobyani, 48, Nyiko Hobyani, 20, and Akani Hobyani, 25, are facing five charges: malicious damage to property, assault, common robbery, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, and interrupting polling at the Xigalo Primary School voting station.

This came after Chabalala allegedly answered his phone inside the voting station and was told by an IEC official to switch it off. Chabalala is alleged to have assaulted the IEC official and a police officer who intervened. He is further charged with overpowering the officer and fleeing with his service pistol.

Police gave chase, but the police vehicle collided with a fence and knocked down a woman who sustained minor injuries. The other three accused are being held in connection with fighting police officers on Chabalala's behalf, and stoning a police vehicle.

Magistrate Daniel Maluleke granted bail for accused number two, Makombisi, but the other three accused would remain in custody for further investigations.

The defence pleaded with the magistrate for leniency on Makombisi behalf as she is unemployed and has two minor dependants.

"The defence is pleading for the court's leniency as my client here is unemployed and she is taking care of two dependants who are under her watch. If granted bail, she could pay R1 000," pled the defence.

In response, the magistrate said that "the court has seen fit to give accused number two bail as she is injured and the state is still trying to find her involvement in this matter. 

"Therefore, the court will give her R5 000 bail, on condition that she doesn't interfere with state witnesses and doesn't flee from her home address that she provided to court. The other three accused will remain in custody, as police are still continuing with their investigations," Maluleke said. 

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