Father accused of murder after mob attack to remain behind bars

The 36-year-old, who thought the victim had raped his daughter, appeared in the in court after handing himself over the police this week.

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CAPE TOWN - A father charged with the murder of a mob justice victim, who was accused of rape, will remain in custody.

The 36-year-old appeared in the Motherwell Magistrates Court in The Eastern Cape on Thursday after handing himself over the police this week.

He did so after a medical examination showed his seven-year-old daughter was not raped.

The father made a brief court appearance on a charge of murder.

The matter has been postponed until 7 February to give him time to hire a private attorney; the State is opposing bail.

Mava Fundakubi was beaten to death by a mob after he was accused of raping the child.

By that time the medical report came back, it was too late as the 52-year-old suspect had already died at the hands of the angry mob.

Police have warned residents not to take the law into their own hands.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)