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Josias murder: NPA optimistic in securing murder conviction

On Monday, two of the three accused were denied bail in the Alexandra Magistrates Court.

The fatal stabbing of Mozambican national Emmanuel Josias in Alexandra captured by James Oatway of the Sunday Times.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is confident it will secure a murder conviction in the murder case of Mozambican national Emmanuel Josias.

On Monday, two of the three accused were denied bail in the Alexandra Magistrates Court.

Josias's murder made international headlines after photographs of the attack were published in the Sunday Times.

PICTURE: Four men have been arrested after the fatal stabbing of a Mozambican national

Emmanuel Josias, in Alexandra at the weekend. Picture: James Oatway/Sunday Times

Sizwe Mngomezulu and Sifundo Mzimela will remain behind bars until their court appearance next Wednesday.

Their lawyer had advocated for their release last week saying at most, they were guilty of assault and not murder.

Last week the man who was photographed stabbing Josias pleaded guilty to murder.

Charges against another accused was withdrawn after it was discovered he was a minor.

JOSIAS'S FAMILY LASHES OUT AT ZUMA

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

Zuma 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."