Aug 8, 2022

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Family ‘in the dark’ as Elvis Nyathi murder case delayed

The family of Zimbabwean national Elvis Nyathi, who was murdered earlier this year in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, say they are in the dark about the status of the police investigation into his murder.

Nyathi’s brother, Godknows Nyathi, told TimesLIVE that the police are not keeping them updated on the progress of the case.

“They don’t communicate with us at all. They told me there’s nothing they can do to help us any further because Elvis’ wife didn’t come to identify the people who killed Elvis, so I can’t bother contacting them,” he said .

The case was adjourned Monday in Randburg District Court pending testimony, crime scene photos and autopsy results.

It was postponed to August 24 at the request of prosecutor Dinesh Nandkisoor.

“The decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions whether the matter will then be referred to the Supreme Court for trial,” Nandkisoor told the court.

Speaking before the court, Elvis’ cousin Mphathisi Ndlovu said he be concerned about the postponement.

He reiterated Godknows’ opinion that the police did not communicate with the family about the investigation.

“This case was observed by the whole world. We thought that with the world watching it would pressure the court to make a very serious decision,” Ndlovu said.

He said he spoke regularly to Elvis’ widow who did that have since moved back to Zimbabwe. They last spoke about the court case on Wednesday night.

The family is still trying to pick up the pieces without Elvis.

< span>Ndlovu shared that before his death, Elvis had bought an estate in Zimbabwe to build a home for his family.

“People from Zimbabwe and South Africa managed to donate some money and now the children there have a place to stay. They built a two bedroom house for her,” he said.

When asked about Elvis’ widow, Ndlovu said she could handle it, despite the incident painful, whatever she did she will never be able to forget.

“She is concerned because she did not come to do the identification parade and it could result in that the perpetrators are roaming free, but she is very afraid to return to SA because of the experiences she has endured,” he said.

As for the family’s claims, she were being neglected, Gauteng police spokesman Col Dimakatso Sello advised the family to make a formal complaint to the station commander.

“If the family has a complaint about the service or the progress of their case, they are advised to file a formal complaint with the Station Commander or the Gauteng Service Complaints Center at 082-442 -2000,” Sello said.

Seven suspects arrested and charged in the murder of Elvis have been released on R3,000 bail.< /p>

The group performed briefly on Thursday.

Cedrick Raseala, 41, Baron Mashele, 31, Godfrey Mahlo, 31, Thomas Serebane, 53 , Phumudzo Tshirangwana, 38, Thabo Makgatho, 32, and Puleng Chipape, 34, are charged with murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, four counts of assault, aggravated robbery and extortion.< /p>

They are allegedly part of a mob that knocked on doors at various houses in Diepsloot in April, claiming to be searching the community for illegal aliens en.

< p>Knowing it’s his Papers were out of order, Elvis reportedly tried to flee from them but was caught, beaten up and set on fire outside his house.

At the time, some Diepsloot residents had taken to the streets accusing Zimbabwean nationals of being behind crimes in the area.

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