Trial of DA councillor's alleged killers set for March 13

2017-01-24 16:51

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Kimberley –The case against six men accused of killing DA councillor Johannes Baatjies and his business partner, has been transferred to the Northern Cape High Court, the Hawks said on Tuesday.

They appeared briefly in the Postmasburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday, where the matter was referred to the high court, for the trial to start on March 13, Captain Philani Nkwalase said.

The six are Zonisele Magawu, Charles Thompson Mpondomisa, Matthews Legodu, Richard Hasana, Paullis Mvuleni Mgcera, and Tsame Frak Baxane.

Baatjies, 49, was shot in the head and upper body on the eve of being sworn in as a Kgatelopele municipality councillor, following the August 3 local government elections.

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.

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi said at the time that preliminary investigations revealed that Baatjies was "unsuspectingly lured into a death trap".

DA Northern Cape leader Andrew Louw said the murder was politically motivated. Baatjies won the seat for the DA in Ward 2.

His murder left the small council hung, with three councillors in the ANC, and three in a coalition between two DA councillors, including Baatjies, and two Kgatelopele Community Forum councillors.


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