Power outage delays bid for bail by Vlakfontein murder accused

The court heard earlier that this was not his real name and he was an illegal immigrant from Zimbabwe. He was arrested while trying to cross the border back to Zimbabwe just days after the decomposed bodies of the family members were found by police.

Meanwhile, Vlakfontein residents have signed a petition demanding that the two men be denied bail. Ace Mokoenyane, Ward 122 councillor, said 1,200 people had signed the petition.

“The petition is about them being denied bail. They must be denied bail because they are unaccepted in our community… This came as a shock to all of us,” said Mokoenyane.

He was speaking outside the court building. A group of community members, clad in ANC regalia, chanted songs and danced while an elderly woman burnt impepho [incense] calling for the ancestors to heed their prayer that bail be denied to the two accused.

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