Joy after 'racist killer' denied bail
SHOUTS of God is great, hugs and tears, were part of the scene in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court yesterday when Rudolph Viviers was denied bail.
Viviers and Zane van Tonder were accused of the murder of a Muslim man.
Viviers is charged with murder and assault with intention to do grievous bodily harm.
His co-accused, Van Tonder, 33, who was granted R2000 bail, was charged with the lesser crime of assault.
It is alleged that the two accused were at a fast food outlet in Magaliesburg when they encountered two Muslim men - Asner Mahmood and Mohammed Faiyaz Kazi.
Viviers and Van Tonder allegedly made racial and derogatory remarks to the men about the length of their beards and called them Osama bin Laden.
It is then said an altercation ensued outside the restaurant.
Magistrate Reginald Dama read a report alleging that Van Tonder slapped Mahmood with an open hand across the face.
Viviers is said to have allegedly "punched the deceased in the face and stomach until he fell down and then kicked him in the stomach and trampled on his head several times until the assault was stopped by passers-by," Dama read.
The assault happened on August 6 and Kazi died in hospital the following day.
Viviers, who was holding a small red Bible throughout the proceedings, had applied for R5000 bail.
Dama said the testimony of Muslim community member Iqbal Jassat was eye-opening to the court.
The family of the deceased held a press briefing outside the court.
Mohmed Nuaman Kazi, the deceased's brother, said that he was happy that Viviers was denied bail.
"I know that the judge not granting him bail will not bring my brother back, I know that. These have been the worst two weeks of my life and I want them to feel the pain I'm feeling," he said in tears.
Zahid Asmal, the Kazi family spokesman, said they were confident that justice would be served. He added that he felt sorry for the family of the accused as it affected them too.
Kazi's father-in-law, Hasimbhay Motara said his daughter was doing fine despite the circumstances and said she was at home awaiting word of the bail application. The trail is set to begin on November 29. - email@example.com