Man barred at Bulandzeni, admitted to E50 000 bail
ALTHOUGH the businessman was granted bail fixed at E50 000 after filing his urgent application, the Court was however left with questions on why he failed to report his cousin as missing after the incident.
He was ordered to pay E8 000 in cash and E42 000 in a form of a surety and his relatives placed a car as surety to that amount. High Court Judge Ticheme Dlamini before admitting the murder suspect to bail, however, questioned his Lawyer Nhlanhla Ginindza on why the accused person despite the deceased being missing for three weeks, failed to report him since he was the last one to see him.
The Crown represented by counsel Sizwe Matsebula shared the same sentiment, hence he submitted that the accused who had been initially charged under the fourth schedule offences, had to be charged under the fifth schedule, hence he applied that the bail amount be fixed at an amount as per the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act (CPE). The accused’s lawyer Ginindza, however, submitted that such a question was subject to trial as he felt that it was now a situation of a trial within a trial. However, in his submission when making the bail application, the accused person said the news of his cousin’s death came as shock to him adding that there was no way he could have taken the life of his own cousin.
He said he was desirous of being admitted to bail pending hearing of his trial as he has dependents (six) and an elderly mother who need his care and support, if admitted on bail he stated that he would abide by all conditions. When admitting him to bail Judge Dlamini ordered that the accused person should not in anyway set foot at Bulandzeni until such a time that situation has calmed down as deemed fit by the court. He was ordered to stay with his other relatives in Matsapha and report to the Sigodvweni Police station and abide by the normal bail conditions. By the time this report his bail had already been paid by his relatives and was expected to have been released by late afternoon at the Piggs Peak Correctional facility.