A seriously ill suspect – one of four people charged with the Inanda drive-by shooting at three ANC members in September – received a bail of R3,000 in absentia before the Court of Ntuzuma Magistrate on Wednesday.
The victims had to attend a nomination meeting of the ANC branch in Buhlebethu. attended school when an Opel Corsa with four occupants pulled up and fired shots at them.
The nominee was supposed to represent the party < span> and then District 54, an ANC stronghold, in the November elections.
Siyabonga Lundy, Sibongile Buthelezi, Samukelisiwe Maphumulo and Thembinkosi Mkhwanazi were arrested by members of the political task team in connection with the shooting in which Ncami Shange (34), Beatrice Nzama (60) and Philisiwe. Jili, 37, died.
In his written affidavit to c In our opinion, Lundy cited his kidney failure as a disease for which he was concerned failed to receive adequate treatment while in custody.
The father of three said he was not at the scene when the 9/11 shooting took place 11.
Melusi Xulu, who represents Lundy, Buthelezi and Maphumulo, challenged judge Sicelo Zuma to constitutionality of the accused’s bail requests.
“My The client’s absence from the court is further evidence that his situation < span> is extraordinary. In my instructions, my client said repeatedly that his health would be treated better at home than in custody, “he said.
He said the constitution des Landes placed great emphasis on the spirit of Ubuntu.
“We shouldn’t go back to the time before 1994, when detained suspects were exposed to inhumane conditions.”
< p> The court appearance had to be briefly interrupted when angry protesters tried to storm the court and sang contested songs. This despite a strong police presence. The protesters, some of whom wore ANC insignia, said they were against the defendants being bailed.
Prosecutor Yuri Gangai told the court that he was against the release of the four suspects. He said they robbed the families of three women who were brutally killed and also caused five near fatal injuries to people who were killed attended the meeting.
“The level of violence is an important factor that needs to be considered,” he said. < / p>
He said the defendants had gathered for a secret meeting to discuss a conspiracy around the ANC’s November election nomination session to disturb.
He said the meeting had members of the leadership committee of the community < span> 54 brought together, their preferred candidates being elected without a dissenting vote.
“The defendant wanted to disregard the fair electoral process and have an advantage. ”
He said overwhelm that de public interest that the case has drawn, also means that the public was on bail. “The defendants had a series of court dates and yet the public interest has never waned. Usually the audience comes to the first and second performance and then interest subsides. That was not the case here. “
Gangai said the investigation is still in its infancy and there is a” high probability “that others will do would be tracked. He listed ballistic analyzes of cartridges found and Section 205 subpoenas on cell phone records.
“This should give us a clear indication of who spoke to whom.”
The case was adjourned until Thursday to make a bail order for the other three defendants.