Razor blade accused out on bail

2012-02-02 11:52

Johannesburg - Five men accused of cutting a 62-year-old woman's throat with a razor blade were released on bail in a Limpopo court, according to a report on Thursday.

Beeld newspaper said the five men, accused of assaulting Anita Jacobs-Van Niekerk in her home, were granted R3000 bail each in the Naboomspruit Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Lerato Nkumane, 26, Willy Baloyi, 28, Ben Maake, 32, Frans Mokonyane, 27 and Jonathan Mathovela, 26, stand accused of stealing her handbag and withdrawing R7 000 cash from her bank account after forcing her to give them her PIN.

Mokonyane was believed to have done gardening work for her.

Police spokesperson Ronel Otto at the time said the men allegedly "assaulted the woman with fists and wounded her severely while trying to cut her throat with a razor blade".

The men were released on bail after their defence lawyer argued that the State did not have enough evidence to link them to the crime.

Jacobs-Van Niekerk is currently in a serious condition in hospital and is not able to speak or swallow.

Her 4-year-old grandson, who lived with her after his mother died, was receiving trauma counselling after seeing his grandmother in her injured state, shortly after the attack.

He was now living with another family member.

The case was postponed to March 14.

  • Elle-Black - 2012-02-02 11:57

    I really dont know anymore,people have no fear of the law,clearly then law abiding citizens need to make the decisions that government is refusing to make.How do even contemplate doing that to another human being? I cannot imagine what she went through and that poor child, I give up

      procold2 - 2012-02-02 13:49

      elle, i agree with you but the problem i have is all these violent crime cases that are pending because the state doesnt have enough proof, either the police need to investigate beter or the prosecuters need to put the case together better because we cant have these violent people out on bail

  • Grimmister - 2012-02-02 11:59

    And just when I thought there was hope for our justice system...they go and eff it up..WHat did the judge think these people were going to do out on bail?? Find a job?? Go to church?? Become upstanding members of the community. The savagery of the attack does not justify a R3000.00 bail..WTF!!!

      NrGx - 2012-02-02 12:45

      obviously speeding is more of a crime than murder in this country. R3000 for f-ing murder is scandalous. I bet my next salary they will commit another crime (possibly another murder) before their curt date.

      Schmee - 2012-02-02 14:21

      No wonder there is so much street justice. A reasonable person would be scared of having these guys roaming in their community and would want to do something about it.

  • Jason - 2012-02-02 12:05

    Yip that's our Justice System for you, Asslut/murder/robbery, and out on bail, wonder what would have happened if it were 5 white okes who did this to a black lady?? Just saying!!

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-02-02 12:39

      They'd be out having served 1/3rd of their sentences, like the Waterkloof 4. The common factor here is a failing justice system, not race.

      dumisiledee - 2012-02-02 14:12

      thank you @ JohncarlosBiza, some people are just hypocrites.

      rynhardt.ferreira - 2012-02-02 14:18

      @dumisiledee - And some people are just dumb!!

      Liana - 2012-02-02 15:44

      @TypeRSA => that wasn't very nice...i happen to agree with dumisiledee...some people are hypocrites

  • Shirley - 2012-02-02 12:19

    This is beyond comprehension!!! What is wrong with the lawmakers-these phsycos clearly have no qualms about perpetrating violence upon their victims but are released to go out and do the same thing? Shame on S.A justice,shame on Zuma,shame on anc-you ALL fail daily to protect the citizens of South Africa and continue to make laws to protect the monsters inflicting these terrors upon us!! How do you sleep at night?

  • Paul - 2012-02-02 12:23

    We the people of South Africa must make a stand and say enough is enough, being arm chair bloggers is not going to get us any where. To make a change we must stand united and change that which is wrong. This will only happen when we the arm chair, office chair and general moaning blogger get up off our butts and get organized and push for a change!

      Perfume5 - 2012-02-02 13:11

      Hear hear!!!

      Elle-Black - 2012-02-02 13:43

      Agreed Paul, I think when it comes to criminal matters of this nature we need to forget about our recial bickerings and speak with one voice and ACT (Whatever action is neecesary to rid us of this scurge).These people do not deserve to be in society,they were clearly trying to kill her,now her tax money will go towards their upkeep.

  • Rob - 2012-02-02 12:27

    Bail is supposed to prevent suspects running. I guess R3,000 is more than a month's wage for some, but it is hardly enough to be taken seriously by anyone. Surely an effective minimum should be set for bail for any crime, say R25k?

  • Mvikeli - 2012-02-02 12:39

    They were granted bail because there was not enough evidence linking them to the crime. I bet if the police had tried harder they would have surely found something.

  • RiĆ«tte - 2012-02-02 12:39

    The justice system is blind to the victims of crime. You become a victim of crime, it goes to court and suddenly your whole life is put on display to make you out as the criminal, that somehow you deserved what happened to you. I hope the poor woman recovers from this ordeal, and that the guys who did this gets punished. Their lawyer might be smart in creating doubt, but they know what they did, even if they don't feel sorry about it. Sooner or later they will be punished.

  • foxiloxi - 2012-02-02 12:41

    WTF, this is exactly the reason why our crime rates are so damn high!! No consequences whatsoever to serious and violent crime!! They should remain in jail until after trial!!

      dumisiledee - 2012-02-02 14:14

      Our police are incompetent, failing to gather evidence promptly. All they do is rush to the scene and run out again. No passion to serving the community and bringing justice to the victims...

  • Zahra Shaik Khan - 2012-02-02 12:44

    This is beyond upsetting!! Y is the law more on the criminals side?

      dumisiledee - 2012-02-02 14:16

      Probably because the police didn't do their job in the first place. No judge will throw away a case if there is enough evidence so the people to blame here are the police for not gathering evidence and now the poor woman is lying in hospital and the culprits are having a jol and roaming the streets

  • Zahra Shaik Khan - 2012-02-02 12:45

    This is beyond upsetting!! Y is the law more on the criminals side?

  • Paco - 2012-02-02 12:53

    how can you let these filthy rats out on bail ???

  • Boris - 2012-02-02 13:03

    look at the brave warriors! 5 men to attack a 62 yr old woman. and i suppose they are also going to plead self defence. bloody barbarians. i wont call them animals because that will be an insult to animals. lets call a spade a spade, this was purely a hate crime by blacks on a defenceless old white lady. where is the politicians now?

      Brett - 2012-02-02 13:16

      Can you imagine the national and international outcry that would occur if 5 white men did this to an elderly black women? Or if 3 whites tied a 77 year old black farmer to a tree and shot him? It seems most of society and the legal system is ok with black on white violence...

      dumisiledee - 2012-02-02 14:18

      Dude, they would have done the same thing to a black if they were working for one because on this case their motive was money.

      Rob - 2012-02-02 14:58

      dumisiledee: Yes, I am certain that you will find a group of white lowlifes that would comit such crimes, it happens. Never mind how they would be treated in SA when caught, in any civilised country they would not walk out on a few hundred Euros. To suggest that any person, white or black, that is motivated by money will commit violent crime against a woman, especially one of senior years, shows little respect for the vast majority of white people. It simply is not OK! Is it OK in black society to take money from anyone, especially if he or she cannot defend themselves?

      Liana - 2012-02-02 15:49

      @Rob: I would imagine that it wouldn't be ok in ANY society...that's why you read about "African Justice"... And besides, regardless of colour, everyone unfortunately has a price and money is the biggest motivator.

  • Perfume5 - 2012-02-02 13:07

    Why are they OUT ON BAIL!!!!! What is wrong with the court system in this country, do the courts want these vile scum to go around repeating the same crime, now that they are out on bail. Stiff bail should be imposed in this country, the perpetrators have more human rights than the victims!!

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-02-02 13:17

    This is what cANCer has done to our country.

  • Shannon - 2012-02-02 13:23

    WHAT? Out on bail so that they can hurt another person? The justice system in this country is absolutely pathetic. I just wish that something like this would happen to a government official and then they would see and feel what it feels like to have NO faith in the South African justice system. It is disgusting!

  • Snoopsy - 2012-02-02 13:23

    The best part is, news footage shown on KykNet, showed how one of these creatures smiles and waves at the camera. R 3000.00 bail is a disgrace.. I hope the community gets hold of them now.

  • Catherine - 2012-02-02 14:50

    7000.00 drawn from her bank account. I suppose that money contributed to the bail "fund" Our law .. oops what law? is totally not with it. Certain people get away with murder and starving people who steal bread are in prison. No consistency! The Magistrates just do what they feel like on the day...

  • ttrevenen - 2012-02-02 15:47

    Why were they charged if the State does not have enough evidence against them? Surely if they have been charged there is evidence to support the charges - in which case violent criminals should not be release on bail at all. Its not as if they stole a loaf of bread for heaven's sake! How safe is this woman going to be in hospital if they are out on bail?

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