Forest high murder accused granted R5,000 bail

Mohamed Mwela appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court for the stabbing of 16-year-old Bakwela
Mohamed Mwela appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court for the stabbing of 16-year-old Bakwela
Image: Mduduzi Ndzingi

Mohamed Mwela, a grade 11 pupil who allegedly stabbed to death 16-year-old Daniel Bakwela at Forest High School last week, has been granted a R5,000 bail by the Johannesburg magistrate's court.

Monday's court proceedings were so emotional that Mwela could not hide his tears. Magistrate Basimane Molwana earlier in the proceedings indicated that he was not happy with the material defects on both Mwela's and the State's affidavits. He then attached conditions to Mwela's bail, including that he must not communicate with witnesses. Mwela is also not allowed at Forest High School until the matter is finalised.

The NPA told journalists that the deceased had a pending case of armed robbery in the same court room that Mwela appeared. 

The court's decision to grant bail left Bakwela's family disappointed. The family came to court with a banner that read: "No bail for a criminal; we need justice for our son."

The case has been postponed to July 10. 

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