JOHANNESBURG– The Magistrate’s Court in Witbank, Mpumalanga Province, has denied bail to three of five suspects accused of killing a young albino girl and a one-year-old child while the fourth accused, a traditional healer was denied bail last month and the fifth is in custody in Swaziland.
DNA results are still outstanding. The four accused will stand trial while in jail after their attempts to obtain bail did not convince the court. They are accused of killing 13-year-old Gabisile Shabane and taking her body parts for various purposes.
They kidnapped Gabisile and her one-year old cousin, Nkosikhona Ngwenya, who they mistook for another child in the family who has albinism.
The family is relieved at the court’s decision Monday. I’m happy they didn’t get bail, God answered my prayers. I just wish they can tell us where the missing body parts are so that we can bury the kids. Thank you to the community for their support, said Gabisile’s mother, Anna Shabane.
The court said it could not release the accused as they knew where the victims’ family lived and there was still another child living with albinism at home. It considers them a flight risk and took into account the community’s anger. More than 600 people with albinism penned a petition opposing the release of the suspects.
Gabisile’s headless body was found buried in a shallow grave while Nkosikhona was found in a stream next to a highway.
Police are continuing with their investigations. We are busy with investigations and still await DNA results but senior Mpumalanga police are in talks with forensics to try and speed up the process, says Mpumalanga South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi.
The fifth accused, a traditional healer known as Gamedze, is in custody in Swaziland. The extradition process is currently under way between the two countries so that he can stand trial in South Africa.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK