A Sinoville man on apparently racially motivated murder charges after allegedly killing a neighbor and calling black people “pigs” was denied bail in Pretoria North Magistrates Court on Friday.
Spokesman for the National Law Enforcement Agency Lumka Mahanjana said the court had denied the bail petition filed by Leon Lourens Coetzee, 54, of Sinoville in Pretoria North.
Coetzee was charged with the murder of Themba Thabethe. < / p>
“It is believed that Thabethe and Coetzee stayed in the same complex and were part of a WhatsApp group that was set up for all residents of the complex,” said Mahanjana.
Racism in the social media group
“ However, a second WhatsApp group was only created with white residents. It is believed that a message was only sent on the WhatsApp group of whites calling black residents pigs and that Thabethe was corrupt, “she said.
Mahanjana said the message leaked and Thabethe had noticed. She said that when Thabethe came home from work on April 26, 2021, he stood in front of Coetzee’s gate and confronted his wife with the alleged news House came and Thabethe was stabbed. The complex security personnel took Thabethe to the hospital, “said Mahanjana.
However, he later died in hospital on May 1, 2021.
The matter was open for further investigation on July 20, 2021 moved.