The 14-year-old Limpopo girl accused of assaulting Lufuno Mavhunga, has been released on bail and back into her parents’ care.
Limpopo National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi said while the State opposed bail, the Children’s Court sitting at the Thohoyandou Magistrate’s Court set it at R1 500.
The girl cannot be named because she is a minor.
“We opposed the bail looking at the seriousness of the offence even though we are dealing with a child in conflict with the law,” Malabi-Dzhangi said.
On Wednesday, the investigating officer told the court he opposed bail, saying he feared for the girl’s safety.
The girl, a pupil at Mbilwi Secondary School in Limpopo, was arrested after a video of her assaulting Mavhunga, 15, went viral on social media. Mavhunga died by suicide after the assault.
The girl is facing a charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and will be back in court on 27 May.
Malabi-Dhzangi said the bail conditions were that she not travel out of the province without informing the investigating officer, and that she not interfere with witnesses.