State set to oppose bail in Philippi infant murder case
A 33-year-old man is accused of brutally attacking a 7-month-old baby girl after arguing with her mother.
CAPE TOWN - The State says it will oppose bail in a murder case against a Philippi man who allegedly murdered his ex-girlfriend's seven-month-old daughter.
The 33-year-old suspect appeared in the Athlone Magistrates Court today.
The accused appeared in court twice today, first on a charge of intimidation and then again on a charge of murder.
The charge of intimidation was laid by the victim's family, after the accused allegedly threatened to burn down their home.
He then appeared on a separate charge of murder, relating to the death of seven-month-old Mnani.
The matter has been postponed until March when the charges will be combined.
The baby's family say they want the accused to be punished for what he has done.
Family spokesperson Nasipha Hanti says the family is still coming to terms with what has happened.
"They are not coping because they want him to go to jail and the officers must throw away the keys away."