JOHANNESBURG. – Judgment in the bail application of the seven men accused of killing Zimbabwean national, Elvis Nyathi, has been postponed t0day at the Randburg Magistrate’s court.
The group is accused of killing Nyathi in Diepsloot, Johannesburg, last month during unrest over crime in the area.
They are facing charges of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and extortion.
The state argued that the men be denied bail as they may interfere with the case by intimidating witnesses, endangering the community, tampering with evidence and possibly evade trial if released.
Accused say they are not a danger to society
The accused have since said say they are not a danger to the Diepsloot community and should therefore be released on bail.
They also say they do not fear being attacked by the community, as Diepsloot residents have come in large numbers to support them in court.
The men are alleged to have robbed some of the victims of their belongings and demanded money in exchange for the release from captivity.
They have all denied being part of any crime or mob action that resulted in Nyathi’s death. – SABCNews