Seven people accused of the murder of Zimbabwean Elvis Nyathi in Diepsloot, Johannesburg, were released on Friday on bail of R3,000 each.
They appeared in Randburg Magistrates’ Court on charges of murder , robbery and aggravated assault circumstances, kidnapping, attempted murder, assault with intent to cause aggravated assault and extortion.
Cedrick Raseala, 41, Baron Mashele, 31, Godfrey Mahlo, 31, Thomas Serebane, 53 , Phumudzo Tshirangwana, 38, Thabo Makgato, 32, and Puleng Chipape, 34, have all been released on bail.
Nyathi was attacked and burned.
The rest of the charges are based on one alleged vigilantism when Zimbabweans were allegedly attacked by a group of residents.
Residents had accused Zimbabweans of committing crimes in the area. The group is said to have robbed some of the victims and demanded money for the release of those arrested.
Phindi Mjonondwane, spokesman for the National Law Enforcement Agency (NPA), Gauteng South, welcomed the court’s decision.
She said the purpose of hearing the bail application was to determine whether the defendants would attend their trial.
“The court decided that they were suitable candidates for bail and secured the bail of R 3000 each. The court is satisfied that they will not evade the trial and will not pose a threat to public safety or order and their release will not endanger the functioning of the judicial system,” she said.
Mjonondwane said the NPA agreed and respected the court’s decision to grant bail.
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