Viviers denied bail a second time

A man accused of killing a Muslim allegedly because of his beard, has been denied bail.

(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 - The man accused of killing a Muslim man in an alleged Islamophobic attack will appear in the High Court next week for a trial date to be set.

Roedolf Viviers was denied bail for the second time in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court.

His legal representative Advocate Jack Gerber tried arguing that the accused was the financial support system for his mother.

The outrage from the Muslim community, according to Gerber, had died down following the incident.

But all these arguments proved futile, as they were denied by Magistrate Reginald Dama.

Dama said Gerber's team had failed to prove that it would be in the interest of justice to release Viviers on bail.

Viviers is said to have compared Muhammed Kazi to Osama bin Laden at a fast food outlet in Magaliesburg.

A fight then ensued and the injuries from the brawl led to Kazi's death.


Meanwhile, the Kazi's family expressed their joy after Viviers was denied bail.

Kazi's father in law Hashim Motara said the family were relieved Viviers would not be released on bail prior to his trial.

"We're happy, justice has been served with regard to the bail application. We've very very happy."

Motara also said this was big step that they had taken and that the road ahead could become very problematic.