Wife wants justice for ‘Islamophobic murder'

The wife of a man murdered in an alleged Islamophobic attack is demanding justice.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The family of a man murdered in an alleged Islamophobic attack are demanding justice after the trial was postponed.

The murder trial against Rudolph Viviers was meant to begin on Monday, but his lawyer told the South Gauteng High Court that he was still working with his client on a payment scheme.

He also said he did not get enough time to study the case.

Muhammed Kazi died in August 2012 after he was assaulted at a fast food outlet in Magaliesberg.

The fight allegedly began after Rudolf Viviers and his friend Zane van Tonder insulted the length of Kazi's beard and compared him to Osama Bin Laden.

The state previously withdrew charges against van Tonder on the basis of insufficient evidence.

Appearing in court for the first time, Kazi's wife, Sajidah, said she wanted closure.

"I'm praying and hoping that it will give me some kind of closure, because at the moment, we're hanging by a string not knowing whether they are going to be convicted or not.

I think justice needs to prevail in the end. This shouldn't happen to any family."

The trial is now expected to get underway on 4 March.