Security tight as mayor to apply for bail in connection with Magaqa death

Harry Gwala municipality mayor Mluleki Ndobe arrives in Umzimkhulu magistrate's court on Tuesday in connection with the death of Sindiso Magaqa.
Harry Gwala municipality mayor Mluleki Ndobe arrives in Umzimkhulu magistrate's court on Tuesday in connection with the death of Sindiso Magaqa.
Image: Thuli Dlamini

Police presence was tight at the Umzimkhulu Magistrate's court on Monday where protesters have gathered calling for Harry Gwala District mayor Mluleki Ndobe‚ 41‚ and his three co-accused to be denied bail.

Ndobe‚ Sbonelo Myeza‚ 39‚ Mbulelo Mpofana‚ 34‚ and Zweliphansi Skhosana‚ 48‚ have been charged with the 2017 murder of former ANCYL general secretary Sindiso Magaqa. The state has previously alleged that they had acted in "common purpose" in having premeditated the murder of Magaqa. They also face two counts of attempted murder.

According to the charge sheet‚ the second and third counts relate to the attempted murder of Jabulile Msiya and Nontsikelelo Mafa on July 13 2017‚ the same day Magaqa was gunned down.

Ndobe's attorney earlier accompanied him into a police van‚ used for the transportation and detention of criminals‚ to consult with him.

Meanwhile members of the media were left scrambling as court officials informed them that due to a lack of capacity in the court‚ only a certain number of journalists would be allowed into the courtroom to cover the case.

More than 20 print and visual journalists from various media houses have descended upon the small town of Umzimkhulu‚ 160km southwest of Durban.According to court officials‚ only six members of the media would be allowed into court once proceedings get under way.

The bail application hearing has been set down for Monday and Tuesday.Ndobe's arrest was followed by the detention of Newcastle mayor Nthuthuko Mhlaba on Friday. It has been reported that Mhlaba's detention is linked to the 2017 death of ANCYL official Wandile Ngobeni. 

Saps didn't respond to queries about whether Mhlaba has been arrested or was due to appear in court.

- TMG Digital.

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