Bail ruling in Muslim killing case looms

A man accused of killing a Muslim man is yet to find out if his urgent bail application has been granted.

Roedolf Viviers, who is accused of killing a Muslim man, is yet to find out if his urgent bail application has been granted. Picture: SAPA

KRUGERSDORP - A man accused of murdering a Muslim man may only find out next week if his urgent bail application was successful.

Muhammed Kazi was killed in a Magaliesburg fast-food restaurant in August 2012, after a fight in which murder suspect Roedolf Viviers allegedly compared his beard to that of Osama Bin Laden.

Charges were dropped against Viviers' friend Zayne Van Heerden because of insufficient evidence.

Earlier in February, Viviers' lawyers applied for an urgent bail application, saying they had new facts to bolster his defence.

They told a Krugersdorp court on Thursday that their client had to be freed because of his responsibility to help support his ailing mother.

They said he lost his job when he was arrested last year, but that another company had agreed to give him a position if he made bail.

But the state, led by prosecutor Alicia Surendra, insisted that the brutality of the crime was too bad to ignore.

It was revealed in court yesterday that a skull fracture sustained by Kazi during the fight meant Viviers had jumped on his head numerous times.

When that was mentioned, Viviers slumped in the dock and Kazi's widow, Sajidah, could not control her tears.

The defence denied that claim, saying postmortem results would be addressed during trial.

And they maintain Viviers was not the aggressor in the fight.

COURT GALLERY EXPLODES WITH ANGER

Emotions ran high in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court after defence lawyers told the court there was no public outcry over the murder.

The gallery exploded into screams and shouts from his family and friends.

"My son is dead, our brother is dead, our son is dead, her husband is dead!"

When the crowd was quickly calmed, a group of policemen maintained watch for the rest of the proceedings.

Defence lawyer Hendrick Nortjie said that the outcry from the Muslim community had died down since Kazi's death.

But Magistrate Reginald Dama denied that, saying the Indian community and the South African Communist Party were both still incensed.