Murder accused remains in custody as the case is delayed

2020-04-30 06:00

The case of murder accused, Morris Nyamandi, has been postponed to Friday 15 May due to the Covid-19 pandemic currently ravaging South Africa and the rest of the world.

The Zimbabwean national was supposed to appear at the Strand magistrate’s court for a pre-trial hearing on Thursday 23 April.

However, when City Vision arrived at the court on Thursday morning, a security guard indicated that certain cases had been postponed.

A court document in his possession showed that Nyamandi’s case was also been postponed. He is expected to make his court appearance on Friday 15 May.

Three witnesses were expected to testify at the hearing.

Nyamandi is accused of brutally murdering his then girlfriend, Andiswa Zide (26), by allegedly hacking her to death with an axe.

The young mother of three children was allegedly hacked in a backyard shack in Saphepha Street in Asanda Village in February last year.

It is believed that Nyamandi also severed one of the victim’s legs, leaving the victim’s child (4) and the couple’s three-month-old baby with their mother’s mutilated body, before running from the scene.

During the bail hearing last year, it was unclear what led to the murder.

Investigating officer detective Const Mfundo Soyiyo told the court that the accused used an axe to mutilate Zide’s body.

Both the state prosecutor and Soyiyo requested that the accused be denied bail due to the severity of the crime he is accused off.

The court had also heard that Nyamandi is in the country illegally, and has no proper documentation, which makes him a flight risk.

Zide left behind three children, aged 10, four and three months at the time of her death.


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