Times Media files motion to rescind media ban in alleged Karabo Mokoena killer case

2017-06-09 14:00
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Johannesburg - A motion application has been filed by the Times Media group requesting the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court to rescind its initial ruling in which it barred the media from reporting on the bail application of Sandile Mantsoe, alleged to have killed Karabo Mokoena in April.

Magistrate Carlo Labuschagne on Friday said the motion application was filed on Monday.

On May 24 he had barred from reporting or publishing any information that might emerge from Mantsoe's bail application.

The ruling stated that the media was only allowed to publish and report on the judgment of the bail application.

Lindi Nkosi Thomas, of the National Director of Public Prosecutions, asked that the motion be postponed to June 23 for arguments.

Thomas, who was handling the motion application, said she and defence lawyer Tumisang Katake will file their affidavits by June 16 and Times Media had to respond by June 21.

State prosecutor John Metswamere and Katake have agreed that Mantsoe's bail application be postponed to allow the National Prosecuting Authority to fight for the continued media ban.

Labuschagne said he was concerned that Mantsoe's rights would be infringed by the delays caused by the media ban fight.

Mokoena's body was found disposed of in an open veld in Bramley on April 29.

She had been burnt beyond recognition, and was only identified through DNA.

Previously, Mantsoe was described as being deeply religious, quiet, and calm.

Fellow congregation members described him as an evangelist, and a God-fearing man who would preach at church, saying that what had happened was a result of the devil attacking him for doing the work of the Lord.

Labuschagne postponed the bail application to June 23.
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