Ques­tions over bail

The Citizen (KZN) - - NEWS -

A North West teenager killed dur­ing protests in Bly­dev­ille was shot be­tween the eyes, the Licht­en­burg Mag­is­trate’s Court heard yes­ter­day.

State wit­ness and in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer Cap­tain Ratati Monyai was tes­ti­fy­ing in the bail ap­pli­ca­tion of Jaco du Plooy, who has been ac­cused of killing 15-year-old Spencer Tshukudu and in­jur­ing two others.

“On Oc­to­ber 10, 2017, four in­di­vid­u­als were at the in­ter­sec­tion of the San­nieshof and Thabo Mbeki roads ... help­ing mo­torists to avoid the riot and di­rected them to al­ter­na­tive roads.

“The three in­cluded coun­cil­lor Boikhutso Motl­hamme, the de­ceased and two others. A white bakkie came, they in­di­cated to the driver to turn back as the road was blocked about 700m away. The driver got out of the bakkie and fired shots into them. The de­ceased was hit be­tween the eyes,” Monyai told the court.

He said there had been no protest at the in­ter­sec­tion, and that it was in fact tak­ing place 700m down the road. “The ac­cused was un­der no threat; if he was ... his ve­hi­cle could have been dam­aged, as well as coun­cil­lor Motl­hamme’s car.”

He tes­ti­fied that Du Plooy’s life would be in dan­ger if he was re­leased on bail. Fur­ther­more,it would trig­ger pub­lic un­rest.

He added that Du Plooy’s wife had fled their farm for se­cu­rity rea­sons.

Du Plooy has claimed that he was at­tacked and was de­fend­ing him­self and his em­ploy­ees.

He said he had no prop­erty in his name, was a busi­nessper­son in the con­struc­tion sec­tor, rented a farm in Ri­et­fontein, 10km from Licht­en­burg, was mar­ried with four chil­dren and was the sole provider for the fam­ily. He was there­fore not a flight risk.

Mag­is­trate Motl­hopa Diale will rule on the bail ap­pli­ca­tion on Oc­to­ber 19. – ANA

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