De­lay in jus­tice for slain son has mom in tears

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

POST­PONE­MENTS of court pro­ceed­ings against the two men ac­cused of killing ANC Youth League (ANCYL) mem­ber Lethabo Nkoana at a rally in Ham­man­skraal have left a bit­ter taste in friends’ and fam­i­lies’ mouths.

Mother of Nkoana, 25, could not hold back tears or lis­ten to the re­main­der of the pro­ceed­ings in the Temba Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day.

Nkoana was shot dead at the Temba Sta­dium in Ham­man­skraal on Novem­ber 9 dur­ing a squab­ble in­volv­ing ANCYL mem­bers who had at­tended the rally.

Boitumelo Moatl­hodi and co-ac­cused Kag­iso Kekana ap­peared briefly in a court­room filled with party mem­bers clad in T-shirts dis­play­ing a photo of Nkoana.

The men are charged with mur­der, at­tempted mur­der as well as pos­ses­sion of an un­li­censed firearm and am­mu­ni­tion.

Moatl­hodi is the al­leged shooter. Kekana was granted bail of R5 000 as he had been co-op­er­at­ing with po­lice and had handed him­self over when asked to do so.

The State re­quested that bail be de­nied for Moatl­hodi be­cause of a lack of a con­firmed res­i­den­tial ad­dress and fears for his safety after be­ing iden­ti­fied as the al­leged killer.

The court, how­ever, still granted him bail of R3 000 after the mother of a friend tes­ti­fied she would be will­ing to let him stay at her home.

The mat­ter was post­poned for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions and to af­ford the po­lice time to ac­quire scene pho­tos, track re­port and train ev­i­dence.

Jab­u­lani Musi, ANCYL con­vener in Mamelodi, said it was frus­trat­ing for friends and fam­ily of Nkoana who came to court for yet an­other de­lay.

“As it stands, the sus­pects are out there en­joy­ing their free­dom while one of our own has been killed.

“We don’t even know what to do to help the fam­ily be­cause it seems the law is not tak­ing this mat­ter se­ri­ously,”said Musi.

“I can’t tell you how painful it is for all of us here to have to watch his mother cry­ing be­cause jus­tice is be­ing de­layed for her son.

“No one is com­ing forth to in­form the mother what is hap­pen­ing or any kind of coun­selling pro­vided,” he said.

The mat­ter is sched­uled to re­turn to court on April 22.

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