Delmas murder suspects stay in jail

2012-06-27 19:31

Johannesburg - Three men accused of killing a 5-month-old baby and his minder appeared in the Delmas Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, Mpumalanga police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Leonard Hlathi said the matter was postponed as the third accused, Fernandos Maritse, 27, had yet to consult his legal representative.

They would be back in court on Tuesday next week and the men would remain in police custody.

Maritse, along with Enock Mbele, 44, and Lazarus Mabhena, 54, are accused of strangling 66-year-old Magrietha de Goede and baby Wiehan Botes last month.

De Goede's body was found under a carpet in an outside room and the body of the baby was found under a bed in the main house.

In previous court appearances, members of the Democratic Alliance in the area protested outside the court, calling for the establishment of a Border and Rural Safety Division within the SA Police service.

Days after the killing, members of the Afrikaner Volksraad Verkiesing Kommissie (VVK) protested against violence on women and children.

The DA condemned posters displayed by the VVK members during the march, which apparently read "Black cowards - leave our women and children alone" and "Steal, rape, murder: We are finished with Black South Africa".

A march was also organised by singer Steve Hofmeyr against violent crimes in the country.

Locals and celebrities marched to the Union Buildings to hand over a memorandum to the presidency.

Last Friday, Delmas residents of all races came together to pray for their community.

The mayor of the Victor Khanye municipality said VVK members were not Delmas people.

Police were searching for a fourth man, who they said could assist with information concerning the case.

  • sdumobraboss.ngcezu - 2012-06-27 20:08

    tnx 2 arrest these guy, bt i didnt like wht wk members wrote \black cowards-leave our woman

      Shirley Van Heerden - 2012-06-27 20:16

      I agree. Crime knows no race. Thinking in terms of race will benefit no one. Crime must stop - we all are victims and prisoners of fear

  • Shirley Van Heerden - 2012-06-27 20:14

    No!!!! Release them and then tip the community of. There is no place for baby killers and old persons killers in this country!!! Prison will feed them with our tax money - what a waste of our tax money - feeding cowards who kill old ladies and babies

  • Ledikwa Norman - 2012-06-27 20:23

    wht dd the 5 months old baby do to this stupid murders?

  • Stephan Swanepoel - 2012-06-27 21:04

    Do these guys have any idea what they do to baby killers in jail? Not? Good! Revenge is always more fun when it comes as a surprise! People of Delmas make an example of them and hang them from trees. YOU ARE THE LAW!

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-06-28 01:52

    I certainly hope these men will not be given bail.

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