Car guard killer’s bail post­poned to Novem­ber 13

‘Mgiqwa’s at­tack was un­pro­voked’

Sowetan - - News - By Pen­well Dlamini

The fam­ily of the car guard who was bru­tally killed in Springs, Ekurhu­leni, has called for the man ac­cused of mur­der not to be granted bail as they have se­verely suf­fered. Vusi Mgiqwa, 25, was al­legedly as­saulted by a mo­torist on Oc­to­ber 26 out­side a res­tau­rant.

An eye­wit­ness, who had come to buy food at one of the res­tau­rants in Sel­court, told Sowe­tan that a mo­torist punched Mgiqwa un­pro­voked. He fell on his head and later died in hos­pi­tal. Yes­ter­day, Lukas van der Merwe, 39, ap­peared first in the re­gional court sit­ting in Springs be­fore his mat­ter was moved to the dis­trict court for for­mal bail hear­ing.

The case was post­poned to Novem­ber 13 as the state was not ready to deal with the bail hear­ing.

Out­side court, Mgiqwa’s fam­ily said Van der Merwe should not be given bail as they have lost a bread­win­ner and he had died vi­o­lently. “Vusi was never sick. He left home for work and he never came back. If I could meet this guy I would ask him what Vusi did to him,” said Nompi, Vusi’s aunt

“If Vusi was wrong, as a per­son who is younger than him, he should have cor­rected him the right way. Why did he kill him? Did he think he was killing a dog, just be­cause Vusi was a car guard?”

The Tsakane ANC branch where Vusi stayed, packed the court­room to sup­port Vusi’s fam­ily.

“What hap­pened to Vusi was not right and should not have hap­pened to any­one in this coun­try. We feel that the at­tack was racially mo­ti­vated,” said Pa­trick Her­manus, a branch ad­min­is­tra­tor. “We have heard from the wit­nesses that Vusi was just cor­rect­ing him and he sim­ply turned vi­o­lent.

“If it was not an is­sue of race, he would have spo­ken to him if he dis­agreed with what he had,” saidHer­manus.

“We want the ac­cused to re­main in cus­tody un­til the case is fin­ished,” .

/THU­LANI MBELE

Lukas van der Merwe as he ap­peared in the Springs mag­is­trate’s court for his bail ap­pli­ca­tion. He al­legedly killed car guard Vusi Mgiqwa out­side a res­tau­rant last month.

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