UPDATE: Case against Babita Deokaran’s alleged killers postponed

Babita Deokaran, who was the department’s acting chief financial officer, was shot outside her home in Mondeor last month just moments after returning from the school run.

The six men accused of the murder of Gauteng Health Department official, Babita Deokaran, appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court on 30 August 2021. The charges against a seventh suspect were provisionally withdrawn. Picture: Abigail Javier/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - The case against six suspects charged with the murder of senior Gauteng health official Babita Deokaran has been postponed.

The Joburg Magistrates Court will now hear the men's bail applications on 1 October after a brief appearance on Monday morning.

The accused, who are all from KwaZulu-Natal, are allegedly involved in a suspected hit on Deokaran, who was shot outside her home in Mondeor last month.

The slain whistleblower, was the department’s acting chief financial officer, was assisting the Special Investigating Unit in its investigation into the multimillion-rand personal protective equipment tender corruption that’s rocked the provincial health department.

Prosecutors and detectives have, for the past two weeks, been building their case against the alleged hitmen who are facing charges of murder and being in possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

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