Biko's son's assault trial on hold as he and wife undergo mediation

2018-08-16 18:18
Hlumelo Biko at the Cape Town Magistrate's Court (File, Jenni Evans, News24)

Hlumelo Biko at the Cape Town Magistrate's Court (File, Jenni Evans, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Hlumelo Biko, the son of Black Consciousness icon Steve Biko, and his wife are to undergo mediation in connection with the domestic violence allegations against him.

Biko, who has been charged with assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm, was supposed to be tried in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

However, the trial did not go ahead.

"It was postponed to 9 October for mediation," his advocate Roy Barendse said.

The mediation is expected to be facilitated in private and not in an open court.

READ: Steve Biko's son in court on assault charge

Biko's mother is businesswoman, politician and academic Mamphela Ramphele.

Police told News24 in January that a domestic violence-related assault complaint was laid by the man's 27-year-old wife on New Year's Day at Camps Bay police station.

His first appearance was on January 4 and he was released on a warning.

After his first appearance Barendse, said that Biko denied committing any assault.

Mediation is available as an option at certain points during a case, and recommendations are sent to a magistrate at the end of the process for a final decision on how to proceed with the matter.

Read more on:    cape town  |  abuse

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.