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Chumani Nqakula murder: Accused to fight for bail

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s son was stabbed to death at the weekend.

Carlos Higuera (C) is accused of killing defence minister Nosiviwe Maphisa-Nqakula’s son, Chumani Nqakula, in Bezuidenhout Valley. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Lawyers for the man accused of killing the son of Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula say they will consider either handing in an affidavit or putting him on the stand, to motivate why he should be granted bail.

Carlos Higuera (24) made his first appearance in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court on Monday, in connection with the stabbing of Chumani Nqakula in Bezuidenhout Valley on Saturday night.

The state has indicated that it will oppose bail because of fear of witnesses being intimidated by the accused.

Prosecutors argue that Higuera knows Nqakula and his friends, who are now key witnesses in the case.

Higuera is expected back in court for a formal bail application on Wednesday, and his attorney Bornwise Tshabalala says they will use every avenue to motivate for him to be released.

"The interest of justice does permit that the accused be released on bail upon us actually presenting an affidavit or putting the accused in the witness box."

Tshabalala says his client is also a first time offender and this makes his application for bail stronger.

It was also revealed in court that Higuera has injuries to his head and body, allegedly inflicted by Nqakula and another man.

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