AS IT HAPPENED: 'Coffin duo' denied bail

2016-12-08 12:00

The two men who forced Victor Mlotshwa into a coffin and threatened to pour petrol on him and shoot him if he ran away, have been denied bail in the Middelburg Magistrate’s Court.


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The bail application of the two accused has been dismissed by Magistrate Jongilizwe Dumehleli in the Middelburg Magistrate's Court, but the men have been informed they have a right to appeal the decision in the High Court. Their trial resumes on January 25. 

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Scenes outside the Middelburg Magistrate's Court. 

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Magistrate Dumehleli says the likelihood of bloodshed is clear if the applicants are released on bail. Goes on to further say that it has been shown that it won't be in the interests of justice for the men to get bail. 

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"Racism is not a conduct that can only be attached to whites," says Magistrate Dumehleli. "Racism is a virus that the whole world is trapped under."

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Magistrate Dumehleli indicates that he would like DNA tests to be run on the coffin, to ascertain whether or not anyone else was in it. 

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"Actions speak louder than words," says Magistrate Dumehleli, coining an idiom to describe the behaviour of the applicants as being "triggered by brutal racism". 

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Magistrate Dumehleli rejects the applicants' version of events around the issue of allegedly stolen copper cables. 

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Magistrate Dumehleli dealing with the issue of assault. Says the two applicants had more resources than the victim at the scene of the incident, including their vehicles, to be able to report the incident to the police, but they didn't. 

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Magistrate Dumehleli at pains to explain the difference between a trial and applying for bail.

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Magistrate Dumehleli points to the fact that every time the accused/applicants appear in court, they are escorted by several police vans for their own safety. 

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The public gallery in the Middelburg Magistrate’s Court looks on. 

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Magistrate Dumehleli now dealing with case law in terms of bail applications. 

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Magistrate Dumehleli says "Applicant Number 1" will be treated as a Schedule 1 offender, because he has no pending cases. "Applicant Number 2" (Jackson) treated as Schedule 5 offender because he has a prior conviction. 

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Magistrate Dumehleli says Mlotshwa was offered R10 000 to drop the case, which he rejected. 

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Victor Mlotshwa and his family in the Middelburg Magistrate's Court.

(Jeanette Chabalala/News24) 

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According to the investigating officer's testimony, Mlotshwa didn't lay a charge sooner because the two men threatened to kill him if he did. 

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Magistrate Dumehleli reads, according to the investigating officer's testimony, that Victor Mlotshwa was threatened with being shot if he ran away. Mlotshwa was also told he would be set alight. According to the investigating officer, this went on for about an hour. 

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Magistrate Dumehleli goes over the details of how the attack unfolded. Refers to the two accused as "Applicant Number 1" and "Applicant Number 2". Recounts how the "K" word was used by the two men during the incident.

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