Second accused in murder of Lenasia teacher Naadira Vanker abandons bail bid

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  • A second man accused of murdering a Lenasia teacher has been discharged from hospital.
  • He has appeared in court and abandoned his bail application.
  • He and his co-accused will return to court on 23 June. 

The second accused in the murder of a Lenasia teacher has appeared in court and abandoned his bail bid, the Gauteng National Prosecuting Authority says.

"The second accused is Thabo Mambila. He also didn't apply for bail," NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane told News24 on Thursday morning. Mambila was arrested in May by Gauteng police, but was under police guard in a hospital after being assaulted, allegedly by members of the public."

Police intervened as the suspect was being assaulted by the community at Phumlamqashi, south of Lenasia. He was taken to hospital under police guard," Gauteng police spokesperson Mavela Masondo said in a previous statement.

Masondo further indicated that the man would be charged with murder and taken to court as soon as he was discharged from hospital.

The Gauteng police spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday that the man had appeared in court a day after leaving hospital.

READ | Second suspect in Lenasia teacher's murder in hospital after community allegedly assaulted him

The missing Lenasia teacher, Naadira Vanker, was abducted from her home by two men on 22 April.

Investigations subsequently led the team to a shack in Phumlamqashi, Lenasia South, where one of the suspects was found. The first suspect, Lucky Mshubi, then took the police to a shallow grave in the yard where the victim was buried.

The State alleged that Mshubi planned the offences that resulted in Vanker's death, and upon realising that she was dead, Mshubi had then dug a grave and buried her, News24 previously reported.

Mambila will join his co-accused in the Lenasia Magistrate's Court on 23 June.

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