The Piet Retief Magistrates Court gave the five men accused of murdering Zenzele and Mgcini Coka a bail of R 10,000 each on Friday on April 9 at an Mpumalanga farm. Tensions in the small farming community were high and many were violent against the suspects who received bail.
COKA BROTHERS MURDER -ACCUSED GRANTED BAIL
During the bail request, lawyers for the five suspects – Daniel Malan, Cornelius Greyling, Othard Klingberg, Michael Sternberg and Senzele Yende – argued that their clients were not a previous criminal would have objections and reside at permanent addresses.
Judge Simon Fankomo found the argument compelling and that the defendants could demonstrate that it is in the best interests of justice that they be released on bail. The five suspects, charged with murder, attempted murder, defeat of justice and kidnapping, were released on bail of R 10,000 each.
The matter has been postponed until June 30 for further investigation / p >
On April 9, allegedly seasonal workers in the area went to a farm in Pampoenkraal, Mpumalanga to ask the owner why they were not employed this year. According to the police, there was an argument between farm workers and farmers, and the Coka brothers were allegedly shot.
UNREST OF THE COMMUNITY IF THE TENSION RISING IN MPUMALANGA
The death of the Coka brothers has sparked racist tension in the city, with community members demanding that suspects be denied bail. In an earlier bail request on April 19, the South African Police Service (SAPS) had to use tear gas to disperse a crowd of protesters in front of Piet Retief Magistrates Court.
Mpumalanga MEC for security in the Vusi Shongwe community previously expressed concern about the events that could develop if suspects were given bail. “If you look at the number of people that are here and the political parties, they all speak with one voice that these people are not allowed to be bailed.”
“If they are bailed, these people [the protesters] will be a job for the police and that is my view and my concern, ”Shongwe said on Thursday