Media barred from Sithole case

2015-05-27 10:57
Xenophobia protesters (Naledi Shange, News24)

Xenophobia protesters (Naledi Shange, News24)

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Johannesburg - The media was on Wednesday barred entry into the Alexandra Magistrate's Court where three youths and a minor were to appear for the murder of Mozambican national Emmanuel Sithole.

A prosecutor at the court said the proceedings would be held in camera because of the presence of the minor.

Only the relatives of the accused and victim were permitted into court.

It appeared to be an act of damage control as the 17-year-old had however, previously appeared in court where his pictures and name were published in the media.

He was later then pulled from the proceedings and put in a place of safety.

The minor, Mthinta Bhengu, Sizwe Mngomezulu and Sifundi Mzimzela were alleged to have stabbed Sithole in the streets of Alexandra on March 18.

It was alleged that they had taken cigarettes from the street vendor without paying.

They allegedly attacked and killed Sithole when he demanded payment.

Bhengu, through his lawyer had earlier indicated that he wanted to enter into a plea bargain.

Read more on:    emmanuel sithole  |  johannesburg  |  crime  |  xenophobia

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