Josias's alleged killers abandon bail bid

The four did not go through with their bail application & say they'll await instructions from their attorneys.

FILE: Four men accused of stabbing Emmanuel Sithole to death made a brief court appearance at the Alexanra Magistrate Court. Picture: @SAPoliceService.

JOHANNESBURG - Four men arrested in connection with the murder of Mozambican national Josias, also previously referred to as Emmanuel Sithole, abandoned their bail bid in the Alexandra Magistrates Court.

Josias's death, which coincided with xenophobic violence in the township last month made international headlines after images of his knife attack were published in the Sunday Times.

Mozambican national Emmanuel Sithole, was stabbed to death in Alexandra. Picture: James Oatway/Sunday Times.

Mthinta Bhengu, Sifundo Mzimela, Sizwe Mngomezulu and Ayanda Sibiya made a brief appearance at the court this morning.

The men did not go through with their bail application as expected, saying they will await instructions from their attorneys.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)'s Velekhaya Mgobhozi says two of them have applied for legal aid.

"Accused number one and three are represented by legal aid. Accused number two and four are represented by private attorney, private instructions."

The case has been postponed to next week.

Meanwhile, Josias was laid to rest in Mozambique on Saturday.

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The slain man's family lashed out at President Jacob Zuma and said his comments that Josias used a false name was completely untrue.

The family moved to clarify that Josias was his second name.

Josias's family explained that in their culture, children are identified by the first name of their father.

In Sithole's case, his father was Josias, meaning he used that as his surname.

Zuma last month said the 25-year-old had used a false name to avoid detection because he was in the country illegally.

His cousin, Thando Sithole, said she was disappointed in Zuma.

"It's Emmanuel Josias Sithole. The thing is my brother was killed and Jacob Zuma was supposed to focus on getting those people to jail."