4 accused in Nokuthula Simelane case granted R5k bail each
Simelane was abducted & tortured by the police’s security branch in 1983 at the age of 23.
PRETORIA- The Pretoria Regional Court has granted bail of R5,000 each to four apartheid-era policemen accused of murdering Nokuthula Simelane 33 years ago.
Simelane was abducted and tortured by the police's security branch in 1983 at the age of 23; her remains have never been found.
The state did not oppose bail for Willem Coetzee, Anton Pretorius, Frederick Mong and Msebenzi Radebe.
Magistrate Adrian Bekker found that the four accused would not evade their trial before granting them bail.
All the accused told the court that they intended standing their trial and also denied any involvement in Simelane's murder.
Coetzee repeated what was submitted to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in the 90s; that he led a team which kidnapped Simelane, but he claims she was released.
The matter has been postponed for a month while a high court trial is being sought.
#Simelane Magistrate grants bail of R5000 for the accused. Matter postponed 29 March for high court trial date. BB— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) February 26, 2016
Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it has overwhelming evidence against the four accused in the case.
The NPA's Luvuyo Mfaku says the four accused were given an opportunity to fully disclose the facts surrounding Simelane's murder in the TRC but they failed to do so.