Murder case against five men postponed

The magistrate postponed the case for further investigation.

The case of the five men accused of brutally murdering a couple in Tshepisong, west of Johannesburg, was postponed in the Kagiso Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

The court heard that DNA was still outstanding and that the case was a potential high court matter. Magistrate Jacob Mamabolo postponed the matter for further investigation.

Bheki Mzama,28, Sabatha Mathuku, 30, Lindokhule Thembani, 23, Thamsanqa Sizama, 22 and Lindani Mzama, 22, stood in the dock with their heads down.

The group allegedly raped Jeanette Cindi, 34, several times before setting her and her friend Lungelo Buthelezi, 31, alight in April while they were on their way home from a night out.

The men are facing two counts of murder, two counts of kidnapping, negligent and reckless driving as well as gang rape. Only family members of Cindi and Buthelezi were allowed inside the court room.

The defence of three of the men asked the State when they would be in a position to have all the documents they mentioned were outstanding, in order to have an idea how long the process would take and to avoid numerous postponements.

The case was postponed to August 8, for further investigation and the group remain in custody.

Cindi and Buthelezi had a joint burial a few days after they were murdered.

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