Bhengu stands accused of five counts of conspiracy to commit murder, specifically on the witnesses in Krejcir’s murder trial of Sam Issa.
“The application before court falls under schedule one and therefore requires the State places evidence before the court on the basis of which the court can come to a conclusion that the interests of justice will be served for the accused to remain in custody,” Du Plessis said.
He noted that for the state’s refusal of bail to succeed there had to be a reasonable prospect of a conviction and found the testimony of two witnesses with video and audio recordings showed there was no entrapment of Bhengu.
Du Plessis said the alleged proposed elimination of witnesses was a “notorious matter and these are high profile trials” in reference to Krejcir who is accused of a plethora of crimes from murder, attempted murder, dealing in drugs, and conspiracy to commit murder among others.
“The elimination of witnesses would lead toward the interference of the administration of justice. The public is weary of these crimes,” Du Pleases said.
Despite Bhengu being a taxi owner with employees and assets and who intended to plead not guilty, the nature of the allegation posed a serious threat, he added before declining the application.
Bhengu was remanded in custody for further investigation until September 1.