Bail application of duo accused of killing 2 best friends from Soweto postponed

2017-06-12 19:21
Bongeka Phungula and Popi Qwabe. (Facebook)

Bongeka Phungula and Popi Qwabe. (Facebook)

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Johannesburg - The two men accused of killing best friends Bongeka Phungula and Popi Qwabe in Soweto in May appeared in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Monday where it was heard that more investigative work was being done in the case.

Alek Magaula MaMothame and Sandile Nkosi, wearing warm winter hoodies and tracksuit pants, were expected to formally apply for bail.

However, the matter was postponed to June 14 to allow the investigating officer to conduct further investigations of which details would be revealed in an affidavit, the court heard.

The two men have been charged with the murders, robbery, and kidnapping of both women.

On May 12, the body of 24-year-old Qwabe was discovered near Naledi High School. She had been shot and left for dead, however, according to Soweto West Cluster Commander Major-General Fred Kekana, she was taken to Bheki Mlangeni Hospital in Jabulani by a passerby but died on arrival.

She had been shot in the upper body.

Less than 24 hours later, her close friend Phungula, 28, was discovered in Tladi, a neighbouring township. She had also been shot in the upper body and police suspect that she had been raped.

Both Qwabe and Phungula were originally from Mayville, Durban in KwaZulu-Natal.

Little is known about the two women, but it is believed they had moved to Johannesburg to pursue modelling and acting careers.

They were living together in Zola, Soweto, less than 2km from where their bodies were found.

MaMothame, 43, and Nkosi, 25, were arrested on May 21. 

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