Court to hear Nqakula murder suspect's bail application

2015-11-04 07:21


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Johannesburg - The bail application of the man suspected of killing Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula's son, Chumani, is expected to be heard in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Carlos Higuera, 24, faces a murder charge after he was arrested on Saturday for allegedly stabbing the 23-year-old to death.

Higuera told the court on Monday he was an acquaintance of Nqakula. Higuera had clear bruise marks on his head during that appearance.

Magistrate Albertus Roux questioned him about the bruising, to which he replied repeatedly: "They had injured me."

Higuera later explained he had sustained an injury to his head and body when he was attacked by two men on the night of the stabbing - one of them being Nqakula.

Roux asked Higuera if he needed to be sent to a hospital for medical assessment and his lawyer, Bornwise Tshabalala, explained that he had received adequate medical assistance in the prison where he was detained.

In a press conference outside of the court, Tshabalala explained that Higuera was shaking because of the trauma he had suffered.

Chumani's father, Charles Nqakula was previously the minister of defence and later the minister of safety and security. He is currently high commissioner to Mozambique.

Read more on:    nosiviwe maphisa-nqakula  |  charles nqakula  |  johannesburg  |  crime

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