R500 bail for man who 'killed' brother
THE Limpopo man accused of killing his brother during a fight over R200 booze money two weeks ago has been granted bail.
Yesterday Magistrate E Potgieter of the Mokerong Magistrate's Court granted R500 bail to Oupa Nkuna and postponed the case to August 20 to allow for further police investigation.
But the bail was accompanied by conditions. Potgieter ordered Nkuna to report at the Sunnyside Police Station in Pretoria on Mondays and Fridays until the case against him had been finalised.
Nkuna, 32, is an employee of Metrorail in Pretoria and had not been able to report for work since his arrest.
He is accused of killing his brother in a fatal stabbing at a tavern near their home in Mahwelereng Township's Zone 2 section on July 7.
The two were allegedly fighting over R200 that was meant for booze. On that fateful day, the family had gathered for an ancestral cleansing ceremony before the brothers decided to visit the nearby tavern for drinks.
It has emerged that the dead, unemployed brother, Bethuel Nkuna, 29, had asked his older brother for R200, which he squandered and - in the ensuing argument and scuffle - Oupa stabbed him to death.
Oupa handed himself over to the police.
Bethuel was buried last Saturday.
During his first appearance, Oupa had asked the court to release him so that he could help with funeral costs.
Potgieter refused and Oupa missed attending his brother's funeral.
In granting bail yesterday, Potgieter said she took into consideration the fact that the accused had handed himself over to the police.
"The court recognises the fact that you are a breadwinner in the family and have been tasked with the responsibility of feeding your other siblings and parents," Potgieter said.
"But, at the same time, the case against you is a schedule six offence, which requires intensive police investigations. You are warned to adhere to the conditions of your bail, failing which you will be put behind bars until the matter is finalised." - firstname.lastname@example.org