No bail for 6 men accused of killing DA councillor

2016-10-25 18:27
Magistrates court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

Magistrates court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

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Postmasburg - Six men charged with the murder of Democratic Alliance councillor Johannes Baatjies and his business partner were denied bail in the Postmasburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

They will now remain in custody until November 29, while investigations continued, Northern Cape Hawks spokesperson Captain Philani Nkwalase said.

They are Zonisele Magawu, 29, Charles Thompson Mpondomisa, 39, Matthews Legodu, 49, Richard Hasana, 33, Paullis Mvuleni, 50, and Tsame Baxane, 31.

Magawu was arrested shortly after the murders. Mpondomisa, Legodu, and Hasana were arrested in September, while Mgcera and Baxane were arrested in October.

READ: Five men to appear for the murder of DA councillor Johannes Baatjies

Baatjies, 49, was shot in the head and upper body on the eve of being sworn in as a Kgatelopele municipality councillor, following the August 3 local government elections.

He was found dead on the main road between Danielskuil and Postmasburg on August 17. His business partner Shuping Nosi, who was also shot, died in hospital.

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi said at the time that preliminary investigations revealed that Baatjies was "unsuspectingly lured into a death trap".

Nkwalase said: "We distance ourselves as the Hawks from the media reports implying that the ANC in Upington plotted and planned the murder of Johannes Baatjies. Our investigating officer only put to the court the statements of the accused as recorded."

DA Northern Cape leader Andrew Louw said the murder was politically motivated. Baatjies won the seat for the DA in Ward 2.

His murder left the small council hung. The African National Congress had three seats and a coalition between the DA and the Kgatelopele Community Forum four.

Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) spokesperson in the province, Bonolo Modise, said a by-election would be held on November 9.

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