Three suspects arrested in connection with the murder of Hillary Gardee appeared in Mbombela District Court on Monday.
The body of the 28-year-old Daughter of former EFF General Secretary Godrich Gardee was found in a field near Mbombela, Mpumalanga last Tuesday.
She was buried on Saturday.
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Sipho Lawrence Mkhatshwa, 39, Philemon Lukhele, 47, and Mduzuzi Gama, 52, are charged with murder, rape, conspiracy to murder, kidnapping and possession of illegal firearms.
Lukhele is a senior manager in the office of ANC chief whip Fidel Mlombo in the Mpumalanga legislature. He also owns a guest house in Mbombela, where Hillary is believed to have been killed.
According to the EFF, Lukhele asked to offer his condolences to the Gardee family and claimed to know the family personally .
The state requested that the case be adjourned until June 9, to conduct further investigations.
All three suspects have given up their requests for bail and are waiving the request for bail to allow the investigation to proceed.
The trio have been ordered back into police custody and are receiving medical attention after claiming they were tortured following their arrest over the weekend.
The possibility that there are more arrests were not ruled out by the police.
Politically and financially motivated
The motif for Hillary’s ermo earth is unknown. However, at her funeral, Police Minister Bheki Cele said her death could be politically, financially and criminally motivated.
“The media has kept asking the question: is it political? is it criminal And it seems to be a combination of both. Right now we have four men chasing this woman around. One goes to court Monday, we have three other men of interest,” he said.
Cele reiterated that no one involved in Hillary’s murder escaped the law would.
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