Elvis Nyathi’s murder was heard in Randburg Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, July 7. The case was postponed until August 24 at the request of state prosecutor Dinesh Nandkissor.
Nandikissor revealed that the crime scene photos, autopsy and mortuary results, and witness statements were all excellent.
Who are the seven defendants?
The seven men accused of Nyathi’s killing are:
- Cedric Lasella, 41;
- 31-year-old Baron Marcelle;
- Godfrey Marlowe, 31;
- Thomas Seribane, 53;
- Phumudzo Tshirangwana, 38;
- Thabo Makgatho, 32, and;
- Prenchippape, 34.
The defendants are charged with kidnapping, four counts of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, robbery with aggravated circumstances, racketeering, attempted murder and murder.
According to SowetanLIVE, the rest of the charges come from so-called lynchings. This happened when a Zimbabwean national in South Africa was allegedly attacked by a group of members of the Diepsloot community.
In a previous court appearance, seven people charged with Nyathi’s murder were each granted bail of R3,000.
Man accused of murdering Elvis Nyathi gets R3000 rand bail
Earlier, it was reported that seven men accused of the brutal killing of Elvis Nyathi in Diepsloot in April were granted bail by Randburg Magistrates Court on Friday, May 13.
“Nyathi was beaten and burned to death in Diepsloot on April 7, 2022, when some Diepsloot residents began a so-called policing act, attacking Zimbabwean nationals accused of crimes in the area.
“The group of residents allegedly robbed some of the victims’ belongings and demanded money from their relatives in exchange for the release of their captives,”
National Prosecution Authority (NPA) spokesman Phindi Mjonondwane said Nyathi.
According to the NPA, the court ruled that those accused of Nyathi’s killing were fit for bail, as their right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty must be preserved. Read the full story here.