Trial of DA councillor's alleged killers postponed

2017-03-13 20:07
High court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

High court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town – The trial of six men accused of murdering DA councillor Johannes Baatjies and his business partner was postponed in the Northern Cape High Court on Monday, the Hawks said.

Their lawyers asked the court for more time to consult with the men and the case was postponed until March 22, said Captain Philani Nkwalase.

Baatjies and his business partner were ambushed and killed three weeks after the 2016 local government elections.

Zonisele Magawu, Charles Thompson Mpondomisa, Matthews Legodu, Richard Hasana, Paullis Mvuleni Mgcera and Tsame Frak Baxane are accused of shooting Baatjies, 49, in the head and upper body on the eve of his swearing in as a Kgatelopele municipality councillor.

He was found dead on the main road between Danielskuil and Postmasburg on August 17.

His business partner Shuping Nosi, who was also shot, died in hospital.

Magawu was arrested shortly after the murder. Mpondomisa, Legodu and Hasana were arrested in September, and Mgcera and Baxane were arrested in October.

Baatjies won the seat for the DA in Ward 2, and his murder is believed by some to have been politically motivated.

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