#CannibalismCase: Address verification leads to fourth bail application postponement (Video included)

Nino Mbatha and his co-accused appear in court this morning.

Judgement has been reserved in the #CannibalismCase as the bail application that was heard today was postponed for December 11.

Proceedings in the Estcourt Magistrate’s Court kicked off with state prosecutor Mr Zuma calling Investigating Officer Kagatso Matseana to take the witness stand.

During questioning and cross-examination, Mr Matseana told the court that when verifying the address for one of the accused, Lungisani Magubane, he could not locate the address.

Khayelihle Lamula and Lungisani Magubane.

A second option, which was for the accused to live with his co-accused, Khayelihle Lamula’s father, was turned down by the father who refused to provide accommodation. Calls were made to the father and another female and both refused to take in Lungisani Magubane.

 

Legal Aid lawyer for the accused Mr Ngcobo proceeded with cross-examination where he requested specifics dates, times and directions from the investigating officer about his trip to Bergville to verify the accused’s address as well as a national campaign he was involved in for people living with Albinism in Manguzi, in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

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When the state objected to the line of questioning, saying this was a bail enquiry and not a trial, Mr Ngcobo said his line of questioning was structured to question Mr Matseana’s credibility as a witness.

Mr Zuma then objected saying that the state will arrange for the accused to assist with directions so the address can be verified, adding there was no need to prolong the matter.

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Magistrate Ms Sookraj expressed the concerns that the court has in the delaying of the bail application, emphasising that the court was not satisfied with the length of time it has taken to verify addresses.

Sithembiso Sithole.

It was then decided that a relative of the accused assist the state with the address verification. After discussions between the state, defence investigating officer and magistrate, the case was postponed to December 11 for address verification.

All four men who are accused of conspiracy to commit murder and murder were remanded in custody.

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