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State in Karabo Mokoena case confident it will have forensic results by August

Murder accused Sandile Mantsoe made a brief appearance at the Johannesburg magistrates court yesterday for a second attempt at bail.

A video screengrab of Karabo Mokoena who was allegedly killed by her boyfriend. Picture: Screengrab/Instagram.

JOHANNESBURG - The prosecution in the case against murder accused Sandile Mantsoe has assured the court that it will have forensic results ready by the end of August.

Mantsoe made a brief appearance at the Johannesburg magistrates court yesterday for a second attempt at bail.

He's accused of killing his ex-girlfriend Karabo Mokoena, setting her body alight and dumping it in Lyndhurst in May.

The prosecution has cited delays at the National Health Laboratory Services as a reason why forensic results in the case against Mantsoe have not been made available.

However, magistrate Piet Du Plesiss has dismissed this saying the prosecution only approached the lab two weeks ago.

He's threatened to strike the matter off the court role if the prosecution does not have the results ready for the next appearance.

Lawyers for the accused have not ruled out the prospect of applying for bail for a second time if there continues to be delays in the case.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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