Suspect’s bail ‘questionable’

2016-09-15 06:00

QUESTIONS have been raised about how an accused, that is out on bail for two serious crimes, was granted bail for a third time after allegedly trying to kill councillor Phumlani Gumbi of Ward 5 in Gamalakhe last month.

Sandile Khwela (41) is set to appear in court again next week for to face a charge of attempted murder. He had secured two bail applications prior to this for domestic violence and for another case of assault. Police spokesperson Captain Gerald Mfeka said Khwela was arrested several days after the shooting of Cllr Gumbi after police investigations lead to him.

He appeared at the Ramsgate Magistrate Court on 17 August and was granted bail of R2 000.

“It’s a questionable situation as many ask how he was granted bail for a third time l after allegedly trying to commit murder while on bail for other crimes committed in the area,” said a Ward 5 resident who is familiar with the investigation. Captain Mfeka was questioned about this.

“We are not sure how Khwela was granted bail after he had infringed on his bail terms, however the conditions given to him for his two other bails are unknown. According to the law, if the suspect is on bail he or she may not be involved in any criminal activity. If he or she does commit any other offence he or she cannot be granted bail for that offence,” said Mfeka.

Cllr Gumbi also expressed displeasure that a person who might have tried to kill him is out on bail.

Investigations continue on the attempted murder case and Khwela’s next appearance will be on 21 September.

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