March against bail for accused

ON THE MARCH : Residents and Somalian shop owners headed to the magistrate’s court in Whittlesea on Monday Picture: SUPPLIED

Three in court for murder of Somali shop keeper

Ekuphumleni, Sada, Nqobokeni and Hukuwa village residents took to the streets in a march to the Whittlesea magistrate’s court on Monday, to oppose bail against three men arrested for murdering a foreign national.

Three men were charged for the murder and robbery of the Somalian shop owner, Alamayahu Alex Beleta, after they were allegedly caught on camera stabbing him in his store at Ekuphumleni two weeks ago.

Two of the accused men are from Hukuwa village and one from Nqobokeni village in Hewu. They were set to apply for bail.

Ward councillor and ANC branch chair Papama Madubedube, one of the organisers of the demonstration, said the accused were making their first court appearance.

“They did not even speak. The case was postponed to Thursday by their legal team without any reasons given. We suspect that it was to discourage people from holding the march,” Madubedube said.

The marchers submitted a petition opposing bail to the control prosecutor, Gabriel Rini, and court manager, Nobuhle Mamase.

The ward councillor said: “We request a harsh sentence at the conclusion of the case, because there is enough credible evidence in the video footage.”

Madubedube said a memorial service for the deceased was conducted by the community members and Beleta’s body had been taken to Somalia for burial.

Police spokesperson Captain Namhla Mdleleni confirmed that a case of murder had been opened and three suspects arrested.

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