Rape and fiery mur­der ac­cused with­draw their bid for bail

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FIVE men who al­legedly raped a 34-year-old woman and then doused her and her male friend with a flammable liq­uid be­fore set­ting them alight, yes­ter­day with­drew their bail ap­pli­ca­tions at the Kag­iso Mag­is­trate’s Court, where an an­gry crowd was bay­ing for their blood.

The lawyers for Mzama, 28, Sa­batha Mathuku, 30, Lin­dokhule Them­bani, 23, Tham­sanqa Sizama, 22, and Lin­dani Mzama, 22, told the mag­is­trate that af­ter con­sul­ta­tions, the ac­cused had de­cided to with­draw their bail ap­pli­ca­tions.

The five ac­cused each face two counts of mur­der and rape, two counts of kid­nap­ping and neg­li­gent driv­ing.

They al­legedly ac­costed Jeanette Cindi and her friend, Lun­gelo Buthelezi, 31, ear­lier this month when the two were on their way home from a night out.

The gang al­legedly raped Cindi be­fore they doused her and Buthelezi with a flam- mable alight.

Buthelezi suc­cumbed to his in­juries and died at the scene. Cindi, who also suf­fered se­vere burns, died in hospi­tal.

Yes­ter­day, the ac­cused told the court through their le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tives that they had been as­saulted while in cus­tody. How­ever, State pros­e­cu­tor Myner Mokoakoa dis­missed their sub­mis­sion.

“This is not their first ap­pear­ance in court, why did they not men­tion this to the court on their pre­vi­ous ap­pear­ance?” Mokoakoa said.

The pub­lic gallery was filled by Tshep­isong com­mu­nity members, whose anger to­wards the ac­cused was pal­pa­ble.

The mat­ter was ad­journed to June 2.

Out­side the court, Clowy Cindi, the sis­ter of the mur­dered woman, said she was pleased that the ac­cused had with­drawn their bail ap­pli­ca­tions.

“They were knew that the com­mu­nity would hunt them down if they were re­leased on bail,” she said. – ANA

They knew that the com­mu­nity would hunt them down

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