Teen in Witbank court for murder

2012-03-27 11:25

Johannesburg - A 19-year-old Phalaborwa man appeared in the eMalahleni (Witbank) Magistrate's Court on Monday, accused of murdering a metered taxi driver and stealing his car, Beeld reported.

Edward Charles de Beer was initially arrested in Phalaborwa on February 14 for being in possession of Peter Mpumelelo Mabuza’s Toyota Tazz, which had been reported stolen two days before. He was released on R2 000 bail.

Beeld newspaper reported on Tuesday that De Beer's brother-in-law, with whom De Beer lived, called the police on February 12 after finding the house in disarray, traces of blood, and the teenager missing.

De Beer was initially arrested for being in possession of the vehicle.

When police later realised that Mabuza was dead, De Beer was rearrested on a charge of murder on February 23.

Lydenburg police found Mabuza's body, wrapped in plastic, dumped about 5km outside the town.

State prosecutor Ellen Mafata told the court De Beer had contacted Mabuza on the night of the murder to take him to Phalaborwa.

De Beer's lawyer, Harris Malepe, says his client was partially disabled on one side of his body, and could neither have wrapped a body nor disposed of it.

De Beer would remain in custody until his next court appearance.

  • Sharon - 2012-03-27 11:34

    If he couldn't have wrapped the body, what is his explanation of how he came to be in possession of the vehicle? There is a lot more to this story...

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-27 13:30

      And how was he driving the car?

  • Makatikamusona - 2012-03-27 11:41

    Harris Malepe shame on your for representing hard-core criminal

      Bibi - 2012-03-27 13:13

      You choose to become a criminal lawyer out of various legal fields and then that is what you do. Whether you represent scum like this, rapists, robbers, poachers, black or white - that is what you do.

  • Wimpie.Haefele - 2012-03-27 11:42

    Interesting he is 19 and called a man, but when you are 30 and in the youth league you are a youth??? Can someone please explain this to me. Taking a human life is an terrible crime

      Abo - 2012-03-27 11:47

      What does the youth league have to do with the taking of a life?

      Makatikamusona - 2012-03-27 11:47

      @Willem hahaha diverting from the real issue again? who is he to you, a woman?

      Jason - 2012-03-27 11:53

      Please, this continual switching to race and ANC vs every white person on the planet is becoming really boring. We live here. We arent leaving. The ANC and their supporters live here. They arent leaving. We need to stop sensationalising everything and start building. The guy is 19. He killed someone. He must go to jail or be handed in to Khayalitcha kango courts. Where is the debate?

      siyadyosiba - 2012-03-27 11:54

      @abo, dont get yourself trapped in his troll.

      Ryan - 2012-03-27 12:11


      Zimbobwe - 2012-03-27 12:20

      So willemtjie this trash must be let off the hook bcos the ancyl have 30 year olds calling themselves youths??? What a lousy argumentt boetman and do you really beleive the bull you spewing??? Ok let's call him a smallboy with rubbish between his ears... happy now!!!

      Wimpie.Haefele - 2012-03-27 12:24

      I just stated that it was interesting. Murder is wrong and if he is found guilty he should be punished. I was not trying to take attention away from the lost of a human life

  • matimunkuna7 - 2012-03-27 11:55

    one side of his body was partially disabled, then how did he get hold of the vehicle?

  • matimunkuna7 - 2012-03-27 11:58

    how did he get hold of the car if his body was partially dissabled?

  • Ryan - 2012-03-27 12:00

    Sympathies for Mabuzas' family, shocking disregard for life.

  • thatmanvan - 2012-03-27 12:03

    R.I.P Peter... May Justice be served!

  • khulekani.zulu - 2012-03-27 12:19

    He's only 19, how did he learn to kill?...*thinking out loud*. RIP Peter.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-03-27 12:26

      one does not learn to kill. its within our natural instinct, sad but true.

      tiaan.fourie - 2012-03-27 13:59

      No actually it is not in our natural instinct to kill people. In fact it is natural human instinct to care for the lives of other humans. Even if it is a stranger. That is exactly what makes us human. And if killing is in your natural instinct, I dare say that you need help.

      khulekani.zulu - 2012-03-27 14:11

      I hear u man

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-03-27 12:34

    my comment has been deleted. does that mean the thumbs down came from news24? sad

      khulekani.zulu - 2012-03-27 14:10

      lol be carefull they cn also delete this one.

  • bashin.monyela - 2012-03-27 12:37

    A very sad report, the value of human life is at an all time low.

  • Luis - 2012-03-27 12:45

    interesting how hundreds of murders each year never hit the news

  • tshiamo.morajane - 2012-03-27 12:52

    Mr lawyer who Stole Mr Mabuza's car? Justice must be prevail

  • Skuiter - 2012-03-27 14:09

    Taxi driver there's a surprise.

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