In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer fears for sus­pect’s safety

Pretoria News - - METRO - GOITSEMANG TLHABYE [email protected]

JUDG­MENT in the bail ap­pli­ca­tion of the two men ar­rested for the mur­der of ANC Youth League (ANCYL) mem­ber Lethabo Nkoana, at a party rally, was yes­ter­day post­poned by the Temba Mag­is­trate’s Court.

The court had re­sumed hear­ing the bail ap­pli­ca­tion of Boi­tumelo Moatl­hodi and his co-ac­cused Kag­iso Kekana yes­ter­day, to a gallery packed with ANC and ANCYL mem­bers, as well as fam­ily mem­bers of the two men.

The in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer Sergeant Martin Mo­japelo main­tained his opinion that Moatl­hodi be de­nied bail af­ter cross-ex­am­i­na­tion by his le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

He stated that he was still of the be­lief that Moatl­hodi’s life would be in dan­ger should he be re­leased, adding this was based on con­ver­sa­tions over­heard in the community. He, how­ever, raised no ob­jec­tion for Kekana be­ing granted bail.

And, al­though hesitant, he also told the court that the child of a high rank­ing ANC mem­ber, lo­cally known as “Pontso”, was in­volved in the al­ter­ca­tion with Nkoana, shortly be­fore his death.

Char­ity Mo­gotsi also tes­ti­fied she would al­low Moatl­hodi to stay with her upon his re­lease on bail, con­trary to po­lice al­leg­ing she had in fact kicked him out and that he had no per­ma­nent res­i­den­tial ad­dress. Mo­gotsi is the mother Moatl­hodi’s friend.

Mo­gotsi told the court that Moatl­hodi had been stay­ing with her for close to 18 years and had only in­di­cated he was leav­ing on the day he was ar­rested.

She in­sisted she had re­peat­edly tried to reach out to him to re­turn, for them to sort out their dif­fer­ences, but he had not done so.

Mo­gotsi in­sisted she would have no prob­lem with him re­turn­ing to her home upon his re­lease.

State pros­e­cu­tor Kgao­gelo Lekoloane pleaded with the court to deny Moatl­hodi bail, stat­ing that the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer’s con­cerns, about the community tak­ing mat­ters into their own hands, was war­ranted.

Even though he did not op­pose Kekana’s bail ap­pli­ca­tion, he in­sisted the court set bail at R5 000 in­stead of R500 as re­quested.

Kekana was added as an ac­cused be­cause his white Golf 7 was be­lieved to be used as the get­away ve­hi­cle.

Kekana and Moatl­hodi are charged with mur­der, at­tempted mur­der, and pos­ses­sion of a firearm and am­mu­ni­tion, fol­low­ing the death of Nkoana, at a rally in Temba, on Novem­ber 9.

A rul­ing on the bail ap­pli­ca­tions will be de­liv­ered on De­cem­ber 5.

African News Agency (ANA)

LETHABO NKOANA mur­der sus­pects Boi­tumelo Moatl­hodi and Kag­iso Kekana will know next month whether or not the Temba Mag­is­trate’s Court will grant them bail. | Oupa Mokoena

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