Court news around South Africa for 29 August 2016.
Gauteng court news.
Johannesburg: (August 29 – September 9) The Psychological Society of South Africa will testify in the Jon Qwelane hate speech case at the South Gauteng High Court. The Psychological Society of South Africa is amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) in a matter that concerns the contents of a newspaper article entitled “Call me names, but gay is not ok”, written by Jon Qwelane and published in the Sunday Sun on July 20, 2008.
KwaZulu-Natal court news.
Melmoth: Four youths, arrested in connection with the hacking to death of three KwaZulu-Natal family members, are expected to apply for bail in the Melmoth Magistrate’s Court. The four, aged between 16 and 21, face charges of murder following the murder of a 49-year-old mother, her 23-year-old son, and her pregnant 27-year-old daughter. The three were hacked with a bush knife and shot. Another family member survived but was in critical condition in hospital.
Northern Cape court news.
Postmasburg: A 29-year-old man is expected to apply for bail in the Postmasburg Magistrate’s Court in connection with the murder of a Northern Cape Democratic Alliance municipal councillor. Zonisele Magawu has been charged with the murder of Democratic Alliance councillor Johannes Baatjies and attempted murder of his business partner earlier this month.
Western Cape court news.
Cape Town: Fabio Diedericks, 20, and Bradlee Richter, 21, both from Somerset West, were arrested last Saturday night and have been charged with two counts of murder, robbery and aggravated assault. They will appear in the Somerset West Magistrate’s Court. The bodies of Nicole Raubenheimer, 20, from Garden Village and Christopher Tromp, 20, from Macassar were found a day apart.
Cape Town: Two paramedics accused of hijacking their colleagues will appear in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s court. Lulama Patrick Khondlo, 31, and Sithembile Eric Fuma allegedly attacked their colleagues while they were attending to a patient. They face charges of carjacking and robbery and were arrested in May for allegedly attacking their colleagues at knifepoint.
Cape Town: A 26-year-old woman from Johannesburg will appear in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on a charge of dealing in drugs. She was arrested at the Cape Town International airport last week after arriving from East London. Police searched her luggage and allegedly discovered tik (crystal meth) worth R5.4 million.
George: A George mother accused of brutally stabbing her 29-year-old son to death during an argument in their family home is expected to appear in the George Magistrate’s Court. Sabina Biggs was arrested on August 14 after the body of her son was found in their home.
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