'Give us the vampires to deal with'

Riot Hlatshwayo

Riot Hlatshwayo

Angry Mpumalanga residents demanded to be handed four men accused of slicing off a man's body parts while he was still alive.

The accused had allegedly run over the victim with a vehicle afterwards and left him on the road to make it look like an accident.

Businessman Floyd Mokoena, 58, his son Sydney Toto Mokoena, 33, Justice Ndubane, 28, and Simon Nkosi, 32, were appearing in the Mapulaneng magistrate's court in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, to apply for bail.

They are charged with the murder of Clearance Brown, 25, on February 23.

The four arrived in a convoy of three police vehicles to an ugly welcome.

The crowd, carrying placards that read "away with vampires" and "no bail for killers", tried to open the doors of the two vans transporting the suspects.

"Give them to us. We do not want these vampires to have a good time in jail.

"We know jails are like five- star hotels nowadays. Just let us deal with them right here."

The police had it tough trying to enter the court yard whose gate was blocked by the protesters.

State prosecutor City Rikhotso put it to Mokoena that he had implicated himself in his statement.

"I put it to you that you have made a statement to the police in which you said accused number three Justice Ndubane was driving the vehicle [Toyota Venture], holding the legs open and cutting the testicles of the victim," said Rikhotso.

Floyd retorted: "Whoever wrote that is not professional.

"Did he not realise that it does not make sense. How can one drive a vehicle, open the victim's legs and cut testicles?

"Does that make sense to you? This is why I say the police fabricated that statement," he said.

The suspects allegedly took some of the victim's brain and bones to strengthen Mokoena's businesses.

The hearing continues today.