Fatima Patel murder: Family wants justice served, not delayed

A relative of Fatima Patel says the bail application has dragged on long enough and they want justice.

Portrait of Fatima Patel. Picture: Justice for Fatima Patel official Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - The second bail application of a Polokwane man accused of murdering his wife has been postponed yet again.

Rameez Patel is accused murdering his wife Fatima at their rented townhouse complex in Nirvana last month.

He has pleaded not guilty and is adamant that she was killed by a burglar.

Fatima's relative said the bail application has dragged on long enough.

Tasneem Choonara wants justice served.

"We want justice to be served for Fatima. She was very close to me, more like a sister to me."

A number of witnesses have testified as to whether Patel should be granted bail.

However, proceedings were disrupted when he burst into tears.

Added to this, investigating officer Constable David Nkuna collapsed in the dock and had to be carried out on a stretcher.

Earlier this week, Nkuna testified that Patel was a flight risk and a cage fighter.

Meanwhile, Patel's brother has called for bail to be granted.

Razeen Patel said his brother is innocent, loved his wife and wouldn't do anything to harm her.

"He's innocent. All he did was love his kids. I want my brother back, just so that the whole family can unite again."

The bail application has been postponed to Monday.

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