Alleged murderer granted bail

2018-04-11 06:03
The late Refilwe LetebelePhoto: Supplied

The late Refilwe LetebelePhoto: Supplied

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The Letebele family is still traumatised by the news that their daughter’s alleged killer is out on bail.

Refilwe Letebele was brutally stabbed to death on Friday, 12 January, at her home in Kimberley.

Her ex-boyfriend Siyanda Gxwati is on trial for her murder.

Gxwati was granted R5 000 bail by the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on his second court appearance, on 28 March.

He was granted his request of spending some time with his mother in Bloemfontein and reportedly promised to plead guilty instead of wasting the court’s time.

In a bid to stand up against the scourge of woman and child abuse, the community held a march in Refilwe’s memory on Friday, 19 January, a day before her burial.

Norman Letebele, the father of the deceased, says the family has deci­ded to go through a healing pro­cess and leave everything to the court of law and the Constitution.

The family prefers to rather not entertain the subject of their safety, as they feel it was not taken into consideration as the court promised before.

“We are disappointed, but it is not our call to decide whether he should rot in jail or be granted bail or not.

“Apart from healing, we must now also focus on our safety. It will not help to say that we are not scared,” Norman said.

“But as a Christian I am saying he will account for every little drop of blood he spilled of my beautiful girl,” he added.

“This just shows how cheap a person’s life is in this country.

“Our constitution feels that he (Siyanda) has a right to be with his family.

“But what about me, I was robbed of my beautiful little girl,” Norman said.

On behalf of the community, which supported the family throughout, Tebogo Obusite expressed anger over the court’s decision.

“It is not fair that the family lost their daughter while he is granted bail to go and be with his mother,” Obusite said.

“We as the community are not happy about this, regardless of the fact that he promised to plead guilty on his next appearance.

“But we will respect the fact that the law is the law, and that we should allow it to take its course.”

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