Hijacking accused walks free

2012-04-05 00:00

ONE of three people arrested in the murder and hijacking case of Umkomaas resident Soomeshan Govender (26) walked free yesterday.

The state dropped all charges in the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court yesterday against Bongani Mnguni (29) due to insufficient evidence.

He had been arrested with Sihle Nzimande (29) in Umzinto last Monday in connection with the hijacking and murder of Govender.

John Phineas Vezi (42) was arrested a day earlier in Isipingo where he was found driving Govender’s car.

Govender was hijacked in the early hours of last Sunday morning in Park Rynie near the Oceanic Hotel.

His body was found on the N2 Freeway in Park Rynie.

All three accused made an appearance on March 27 and the matter was adjourned to yesterday for a bail application. The morning’s proceedings were adjourned to midday by magistrate A.E Essop after Nzimande’s legal representation was delayed.

When the case resumed, the state prosecutor said that all efforts to reach the defence attorney were unsuccessful.

“It is inappropriate to waste any more of the court’s time and we ask that the case be postponed to a further date.”

Vezi’s defence attorney told the court his client had abandoned his application for bail.

“We request that a thorough investigation be conducted.

“We also submit to the investigation done by the state.”

The case has been postponed to April 13 for Nzimande’s bail application.

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