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'Islamophobic killer’ denied bail

A man accused of murdering Muhammed Fayaaz Kazi was denied bail in the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court.

(L) Zane van Tonder and Rudolph Viviers (R) appear in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, 21 August 2012 on murder charges after the death of Mohammed Fayaaz Kazi from Ventersdorp. Picture: Sapa.

KRUGERSDORP - One of the men implicated in the murder of Muhammed Fayaaz Kazi was denied bail in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

But Rudolph Viviers' co-accused Zane van Tonder, who was charged with assaulting Kazi's friend, was granted bail of R2,000.

Earlier in August, the two men allegedly beat Kazi and his friend at a fast-food outlet in Magaliesburg in an apparent Islamophobic attack.

Kazi sustained severe brain damage and died in the Potchefstroom Hospital a day after the attack.

While announcing his decision, Magistrate Reginald Dama said community outrage and the severity of Kazi's injuries could not be ignored.

The dispute apparently started when Kazi and Anser Mahmood overheard the two men mocking them.

It is alleged the men, who spoke Afrikaans, made remarks about Kazi's beard and compared him to Osama bin Laden.

Former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils and North West Premier Thandi Modise condemned the attack.

The case will resume in November.