Kensington attack accused abandons bail bid

The lawyer says the Zimbabwean’s family has not produced permits to prove that he is in SA legally.

FILE: Flowers at the scene where two couples were brutally attacked at Rhodes Park in Kensington. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A man accused of involvement in a Rhodes Park double murder and rape has abandoned his bail application after his lawyers failed to prove that the 24-year-old is in the country legally.

Thabo Nkala appeared briefly in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court today where his case was postponed.

Nkala is accused of being part of a 12-member group that attacked two couples at the Kensington park last month, drowning two men and gang-raping one woman.

Nkala's lawyer Dumisani Mabunda says his family has still not produced permits to prove that the Zimbabwean national is in the country legally.

With the bail application failing to commence today, Nkala will remain in police custody until his next appearance on 9 December.

He will be back in the dock with his co-accused, a 22-year-old suspect who was arrested earlier this month.

Police are still searching for 10 others linked to the crime.