Trial of Reiger Park toddler's alleged killer delayed

2015-04-22 17:20
Cuburne van Wyk (Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg - The alleged killer of Reiger Park toddler Cuburne van Wyk will have to wait until next month to see justice unfold.

His trial was scheduled to have started at the high court sitting in Palm Ridge on Tuesday but was instead heard in the high court sitting in Johannesburg.

Van Wyk's relatives said they were informed on Monday that the trial would not be heard in Palm Ridge but in Johannesburg. It was unclear why the matter had been moved.

Shortly before court broke for lunch the accused, Nathaniel Katlego Mpoku, also known as “Chicken” was finally brought into the courtroom from the holding cells.

Dressed in blue tracksuit pants and a grey hoodie, Mpoku walked into the courtroom with his uncuffed hands clasped behind his back.

Before proceedings started, he spoke to the translator in the court.

Speaking in Sepedi, he said he did not want pictures of his face to be taken as this would “taint his image”.

Judge Matthew Klein walked into the courtroom and quickly attended to the case.

“The matter is postponed to May 11 as this court is busy with another matter,” Klein said.

Mpoku walked out of courtroom, looking at his family who sat at the very back of the courtroom.

He then tumbled down the stairs and a huge thump was heard.

Van Wyk's family, who had occupied the first bench of the court gallery, stood up and peered down the stairs.

They were dressed in their blue and white T-shirts with pictures of the slain 3-year-old boy printed on them.

After proceedings Van Wyk's grandmother, Daphne Fredricks, spoke to Mpoku's relatives with a smile outside the courtroom.

She had earlier greeted them in the courtroom.

Asked how she felt about the Mpoku family, Fredricks said there was no bad blood between them.

“To be honest with you, if my child does something to your child, I as a parent didn't send that child to do that so I can't be cross with the parent.

“I don't even hate the guy that did this. I hate what he did,” said Fredricks.

Mpoku is accused of killing Cuburne in an informal settlement in Reiger Park, Ekurhuleni, in August. He disappeared on August 6 while playing outside with his siblings.

His body was discovered by a passer-by at a mine dump in Reiger Park three days later.

Police said he died from multiple head injuries and burns.

Mpoku was arrested and charged for his murder several days later.

Asked how she felt about the postponement, she said she hoped the matter would be heard soon.

“If justice is served, I think we will heal,” she said.

Mpoku remains behind bars.

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