Deny bail for principal's killers - protesters

2015-09-16 10:56
Protesters demanded justice for murdered school principal Nokuthula Magwanyana. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

Protesters demanded justice for murdered school principal Nokuthula Magwanyana. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - A large crowd gathered at the magistrate’s court on Tuesday to protest against bail being granted to the alleged killers of school principal Nokuthula Magwanyana on August 26.

Magwanyana, principal of Villa Maria Primary School, was found brutally hacked to death in her car on the Table Mountain road amidst allegations that she had been the victim of a campaign aimed at intimidating her into resigning her post.

Three men, Mduduzi Mkhize, 22, Nkosingiphile Zuma, 19, and Hamganga Ngcobo, 30, arrested in connection with the incident, were initially charged with possession of stolen property, but on Tuesday the court was told that they are now charged with murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances of Magwanyana’s cellphone valued at R5 000.

The case was postponed for a formal bail application on September 23.

Family members of the murder victim who were at court did not want to comment.


A group of protesters, armed with banners denouncing bail and demanding justice be done in the matter, began toyi-toyiing at the doors of the courthouse moments after the case was adjourned.

This led to a brief confrontation with security officers and police at court, who attempted to move the crowd away from the steps of the court and explained that they had to follow the correct procedures to obtain a permit to hold such a gathering.

eThekwini councillor Musa Mkhize, who engaged in talks with the police at the scene, calmed the crowd and informed them they should not “harass” the police.

He said they would obtain the necessary permission to protest on the next occasion and promised they would “return in numbers” for the next hearing.

Mkhize said Magwanyana is “from eThekwini area”.

He said nobody from Maqongqo (Table Mountain) attended the case, and said teachers from the school “where this thing started” probably also feared for their lives.

Mkhize said they were there to “support the dead and protect the living and particularly vulnerable women”.

He said he hoped Magwanyana’s killers would “get 80 years in jail” because life is not enough.

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