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Fresh ruling expected over media reporting on Mantsoe’s bail application

Karabo Mokoena’s body was found burnt beyond recognition in a field in Lyndhurst in April, in a case that provoked widespread outrage.

FILE: The funeral service of Karabo Mokoena. Picture: Katleho Sekhoto/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A fresh ruling is now expected later this month on how the media can report on the bail application of a Johannesburg man accused of murdering his ex-lover.

Karabo Mokoena’s body was found burnt beyond recognition in a field in Lyndhurst in April, in a case that provoked widespread outrage.

Her ex-boyfriend Sandile Mantsoe appeared briefly in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court on Friday in connection with the murder.

Magistrate Carel Labuschagne has granted the state’s request for a postponement in this matter and is expected to rule two weeks from now on how much of the bail application can be reported in the media.

The court had already ruled that the media may only report on the bail judgement and not the details of Mantsoe’s application, as sensitive information may be divulged.

But the Times Media Group has made an urgent application to have that decision overturned.

The National Prosecuting Authority’s Phindi Mjonondwane says the state supports the initial ruling.

Labuschagne is also expected to make a decision on whether Mantsoe should remain behind bars when he appears again on 23 June.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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