Court delayed for 3 accused of killing Congolese doorman

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

The backlog in the court system was in stark evidence on Thursday when the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court was unable to proceed with a bail application because of a lack of capacity.

Ubaid van der Bergh, 20, Toufiq Essa, 21, and Nasbie Edwards, 27, were arrested last month after allegedly fatally stabbing Congolese doorman Joe Kanyona.

The state has still to decide whether the men w ill be charged with murder or conspiracy to commit murder.

Kanyona, 32, was working as a doorman at the popular bar, the Beerhouse, in Long Street, when he was stabbed in the neck on June 20. He died minutes later.

The three accused were ready to proceed with their bail applicaton, but two other bail applications were also scheduled to go ahead – both older than this matter, and one from as far back as April.

The prosecutor told the court that there was no other court available to hear the application. The next date available was at the end of August, but defence lawyer Mahdney Arnold appealed to the court for an earlier date.

The magistrate agreed to August 4, but stressed that he will be on leave from mid August by which time the bail application may not be finished.

The state is opposing bail for all three men.


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