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Mayor's bid is delayed

By unknown | Aug 22, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

MacKeed Kotlolo

MacKeed Kotlolo

The woman accused of killing the deputy mayor of Govan Mbeki Municipality has been denied bail and the case against the mayor was postponed to next Tuesday.

Florence Sibongile Lukhele, 32, a local businesswoman, was arrested a month after the execution-style shooting of deputy mayor Thandi Mtsweni.

The mayor, Sipho Nkosi, 40, was arrested a month-and-a-half later for the same killing.

They have been appearing for bail applications in the Evander magistrates' court in Mpumalanga separately before magistrate Daan Senekal.

Mtsweni was killed at her Leslie, Mpumalanga, home on June 27.

Senekal denied Lukhele bail, saying there was no evidence to compel him to release her.

He also said evidence showed that the public was still divided as shown by their uncontrollable behaviour inside and outside the court.

He also said it was not safe for her because, if released on bail, the community might take the law into their own hands.

Senekal described Lukhele as manipulative, saying she might attempt to interfere with witnesses one of whom is her own brother, if released.

Earlier, the magistrate had postponed Nkosi's bail application, saying more information was needed.

Senekal gave the state seven days to obtain information from cellphone service providers regarding calls made between Nkosi and Lukhele.

Among the calls allegedly made was one in which Lukhele claimed Nkosi had called her on the day of the murder confirming Mtsweni's death.

Senekal could not understand why it had taken so long to obtain the information from cellphone companies when technology allowed easy processing of phone records.

He said the police could either drive or just call to get the transcripts.


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