Scores of people were waiting outside one of the court entrances to see the man accused of raping and murdering his four-year-old niece.
However, he was sneaked out the premises through another entrance. A police nyala which was thought to have been following the vehicle the man was in crashed into another vehicle at an intersection, damaging the front part of the vehicle.
Its driver, Solly Mnguni, was not injured. His wife’s elbow was slightly hurt.
“We were just passing and it came speeding out of the gate,” said Mnguni’s wife.
Protesters rushed to the scene.
“That’s what they get for trying to hide this criminal from us,” said one woman.
“Ja, they are just sneaky, now they must pay,” said another.
Most of those on the scene were wearing pink T-shirts. The girl was wearing a pink T-shirt the day she was killed.
The 23-year-old man accused of killing her wore the same black and grey striped T-shirt he wore to court last week.
He once again avoided making eye-contact with people in the public gallery, looking down at his hands and fiddling with them during the proceedings.
He has now been provided with a legal aid lawyer, Pieter van Niekerk, who indicated that his client had chosen to remain silent and not to apply for bail. He would undergo DNA tests.
The man may not be named until he has pleaded.
The case was postponed to March 13 for further investigation.
Among those at the hearing on Monday was Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana.
Like many of the protesters, she wore a pink blouse over a pink skirt.
The girl was reported missing on Saturday, December 28.
After questioning by the police, her uncle apparently confessed to the crime.
He showed the police the girl’s body underneath a bed in her father’s flat.
Her parents are divorced and the father reportedly left her in the man’s care while he spent time with his girlfriend.
Last Monday, National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Mxolisi Nxasana expressed confidence in the case against the man.
“It’s a watertight case and we are certain that we will make a conviction,” he said.
Hundreds of people attended the girl’s memorial service held in the city last week. Many called for justice.
The girl was cremated last week and her mother had said she intended to scatter her daughter’s ashes in the ocean.