Bees: many questions

2010-08-31 00:00

PRETORIA — A credit card belonging to Blue Bulls prop Bees Roux, who has been charged with the murder of a Tshwane metro police officer, was used at a fast food restaurant shortly after the incident.

This was revealed by Roux’s lawyer, Rudi Krause, in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday when Roux applied for bail after the death on Friday of Sergeant Ntshimane Johannes Mohale (38).

Krause said Roux’s credit card was used at a McDonald’s restaurant at 2.31 am — between 30 minutes and an hour after Mohale was assaulted.

Roux appeared calm but slightly nervous.

About 50 metro police officials, including senior officials as well as Dikeledi Lehobye, Tshwane mayoral committee member for community safety, were in the courtroom.

Mohale’s brother, Richard Taukobong (48), called out to Roux “You f*****g dog!” as he was led to the dock.

When Roux was led out for a short recess minutes later, Taukobong yelled: “I’m going to get your mother, you f***** dog!”.

Metro police officials repeatedly had to hold Taukobong back. After the lunch hour, armed members of the police’s tactical response unit entered the courtroom.

Roux said in his statement to the court, which was read by Krause, that he is not a flight risk and has thus far done everything in his power to help the police with their investigation.

“I don’t want to live like a fugitive.”

The defence said Roux will plead not guilty and asked that bail be set at R5 000.

The state asked that it be set at R20 000. Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair, however, set bail at R100 000.

The investigating officer, Sergeant Patrick Mafanel, testified that the circumstances surrounding the incident are still unclear.

“We know Mohale was on duty along with two colleagues and that they pulled Roux over at the corner of Schoeman and Festival streets for drunk driving,” said Mafanel.

“Mohale told his colleagues he was going to drive Roux’s car home because Roux was drunk.

“But we don’t know why the colleagues didn’t follow them or see the assault.”

The defence argued that there are still many unanswered questions — such as why Mohale’s colleagues didn’t follow him and Roux, why Roux was not arrested for drunk driving and why Mohale was driving in the direction of Roux’s house, away from the nearest police stations, namely Brooklyn and Sunnyside.

Mafanel testified that Mohale’s two colleagues have not made statements because they didn’t see what happened.

Nair described these circumstances as “strange”.

Roux’s father, Phillip, his mother, Yvonne, and his girlfriend, Carien du Toit, were also in court.

Du Toit said the family does not want to speak to the media at this stage.

James Adams, Roux’s agent, told the media after court proceedings that Roux would like to thank his friends, family and especially his lawyer for supporting him at this difficult time.

One of Mohale’s sisters cried almost non-stop during court proceedings.

Outside the court, a group of about 40 people protested against bail for Roux.

Outside court, Taukobong said they are sad. “We have lost a family member, but we believe that justice will be done.”

None of Roux’s Blue Bull team-mates was at the court.

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