Seventeen males absorb appeared in the Klerksdorp Regional Court docket to face two counts of abolish and 4 counts of attempted abolish this week.
Nationwide Prosecuting Authority spokesperson, Henry Mamothame, said the abolish accused who are reportedly taxi operators in Boitumelo strategy Bloemhof, allegedly forcefully took six of the victims to Boitumelo taxi obnoxious and assaulted them with spades, pangas, sjamboks, sticks and other objects on 19 September 2018,
“The six had been allegedly criminals belonging to a criminal gang is known as SVK, infamous for terrorising the neighborhood for a prolonged duration and a number of of them facing criminal costs. The taxi operators then took it upon themselves to take care of these alleged criminals by taking the regulation into their possess hands,” Mamothame said.
During the assault, Mooketsi Mogapi, 33, died on the abolish scene and Teboho Thoo, 21, died four days later in properly being facility. Shadrack Mokonyane, France Watkins, Kashiso Mahashe and Thabang Leepile had been severely injured nevertheless survived the onslaught.
After a radical survey of the docket, mutter recommend Benny Kalakgosi resolved to withdraw abolish costs against Jimmy Sparks, 38, Othusitse Keohitlhetse, 28 , Maruping Wageng, 32 and Headman Noguga, 37, citing no evidence linking them to the crimes.
“He is nonetheless adamant that there is inexpensive evidence linking the remaining twelve accused to the crime,” Mamothame said.
He additionally provisionally withdrew a case against Tshepo Leeuw, 17, who modified into once a minor when he modified into once arrested and charged. His matter would per chance be referred back to the regional court for a preliminary enquiry to be performed in kin to the Miniature one Justice Act.
In the intervening time, the replacement twelve accused, Mohau Motswana, 43, Olebogeng Ndlovu, 28, Ivan Leonard 31, Mxholeli Bongola, 41, Poliri Mohlolo, 26, Isaac Ndlovu, 29, Ishmael Ngubane, 29, Nkululeko Nkencele, 48, James Qankase, 36, Jeremah Bonokwane, 20, Boitumelo Magage, 25 and Daniel Qangase, 50, pleaded not responsible to all six costs.
The mutter led its evidence in chief with its first key examine, Shadrack Mokonyane who survived the onslaught.
He testified how on the day of the alleged murders Bongola, Ndlovu, Leonard, Mohlolo, Isaac and Ngubane forcefully took him to a river the build they allegedly attempted to drown him.
“He alleges that he modified into once then taken to the taxi obnoxious the build he modified into once thrown on high of an unconscious physique of his friend and got assaulted with an iron rod, sjambok and got stabbed next to his ethical elbow,” Mamothame said.
“He additionally testified that the accused confirmed to him that his friend is needless and he would additionally be killed.”
The abolish case has been postponed to 9 June, 2021 to permit immoral examination by the defence physique of workers.