- The NPA promised to prosecute the Hillary Gardee murder case without hindrance.
- Mpumalanga's DPP, Nkebe Kanyane, said they are not influenced by the EFF.
- Three men are in court for allegedly killing Hillary in April.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is not under any political pressure to prosecute the Hillary Gardee murder case, said Mpumalanga's Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), advocate Nkebe Kanyane, on Thursday.
Kanyane, briefing the media on several matters in her office, assured the public the NPA would prosecute the matter without any outside influence.
"We are not under any political pressure," Kanyane said.
She described advocate Ntsika Mpolweni, who is handling the matter, as a seasoned prosecutor.
"We will prosecute the matter with vigour. We have put our best foot forward in prosecuting the case. In the end, the court will evaluate the case (and come to a decision).
"We finalised the bail application by Sipho Mkhatshwa last week. The Nelspruit Magistrate's Court denied him bail. We are busy with the bail application brought by Philemon Lukhele and Albert Gama," said Kanyane.
The State is opposing bail against Lukhele and Gama.
Mkhatshwa, 39, Lukhele, 47, and Gama, 52, are facing charges of murder, rape, kidnapping, defeating the ends of justice, and the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
The EFF and Gardee's father, Godrich, have voiced their thoughts on the matter, calling for swift action.
Godrich is the party's former secretary-general. He recently claimed Eswatini monarch King Mswati III was behind his daughter's murder.
Godrich seemed to suggest it was due to his outspoken criticism of the royal house. However, he didn't indicate he had any evidence to support this.
The Eswatini government has rubbished the allegations.
When asked about the claims, Kanyane said the police were best-placed to respond to the allegations.
"We only prosecute matters. Now, we have three accused persons who are charged. The police haven't made an additional arrest on the matter," Kanyane said.
Godrich said it was no coincidence that Lukhele, a former member of the People's United Democratic Movement, was arrested and linked to his daughter's murder.
Lukhele also worked in the office of the Mpumalanga ANC chief whip.
The ANC later revoked his membership, claiming he had fraudulently obtained it.
Hillary was last seen on 29 April at the Nelspruit Plaza at around 17:30.
Her body was discovered a week later in a timber plantation about 40km outside Mbombela. She had a bullet wound to the head.