Alleged rape suspects appear in court

2018-01-18 06:00
DA supporters and residents protest outside the Verulam Magistrate’s Court.Photo: andile sithole

DA supporters and residents protest outside the Verulam Magistrate’s Court.Photo: andile sithole

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COMMUNITY activist Zanele Mthuli (40), who was raped and murdered on December 25, 2017 in Umbhayi outside Tongaat was the bread winner at home.
This emerged at a bail hearing of two suspects accused of her murder at the Verulam Magistrate’s on January 9.

Mthuli was abducted from her home by unknown men in the presence of her three children, then raped and killed.

The two suspects, whose names have not been released until they plead in court, were arrested on December 27, 2017.

The suspects appeared for a bail hearing, however, their legal representative and the state were not ready to proceed with the case.
The lawyer told the court that one of the suspects was assaulted in the Tongaat police cells, and made an urgent application asking the court to rather keep the suspects at Westville Prison until their next court appearance.

According to Zanele’s mother, Phumephi Mthuli (69), her daughter was asleep at home when two men forced entry into the home and took her to the bush where they allegedly raped and killed her last month.

“I want the law to take its course. The men who killed my daughter need to be sent to jail. She was the breadwinner at home. I am starving with her three children. Where am I supposed to get food for these children?”

Phumephi said the three children aged between nine and 19, are still traumatised.

“They need trauma counselling.”

Outside court, more than 200 supporters of the DA and residents staged a protest in an attempt to put pressure on the magistrate to reject the bail application.

DA provincial leader Zwakele Mncwango said: “Such incidents are totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our community.
“The children are traumatised and will grow up with anger. I hope the law takes its course, and if the suspects are found guilty they must be prosecuted.”

SAPS Tongaat spokesperson Captain Patrick Ngwane said: “The management of the Tongaat SAPS would like to commend the quick response by our members in arresting the suspects.
“Such cases are sensitive and our detectives work hard to ensure the suspects are brought to book.”

The case was adjourned until January 16. The suspects will be remanded in custody at Westville Prison until their next appearance in court.

She was the breadwinner at home. I am starving with her three
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