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Murder accused admits he knew defence minister’s son

Chumani Nqakula was stabbed to death in Bezuidenhout Valley in Johannesburg on Saturday night.

FILE: Carlos Higuera (C) told the Johannesburg Magistrates Court through his attorney, that he and Nqakula knew each other. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The man accused of killing the son of Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has admitted in court this afternoon that he knew his victim.

Chumani Nqakula was stabbed to death in Bezuidenhout Valley in Johannesburg on Saturday night.

Carlos Higuera (24) told the Johannesburg Magistrates Court through his attorney, that he and Nqakula knew each other.

His attorney, Bornwise Tshabalala, told the magistrate that Higuera has injuries to the head and body allegedly due to Nqakula and another man assaulting him.

Higuera walked into the courtroom with a visible injury on his forehead and shook uncontrollably throughout the proceedings.

Magistrate Albertus Roux told the defence to ensure he is medically examined as soon as possible.

The State has argued that Higuera cannot be granted bail because he may intimidate witnesses.

He is expected back in court for a formal bail application on Wednesday, but the State has indicated that it will oppose this arguing that because of his relationship with Nqakula and his friends who are now key witnesses, Higuera might intimidate them.

But the accused's lawyer says his client has the right to bail.

"The interest of justice does permit that the accused be released on bail."

The case has been postponed to Wednesday for a formal bail application.