Bail denied in North Coast rock throwing case

Bail denied in North Coast rock throwing case

The Tongaat men accused of the rock-throwing murder of two children have been denied bail. Bukeka Silekwa reports.

Mechanic Selvin Govender (46), Nathan Govender (23) and Qiniso Bhekithemba Gumbi (20) appeared shocked as Verulam Magistrate Vera Alamchand  handed down judgement in their bail hearing on Wednesday (September 26).

They were facing charges of murder after Abdul-Rahim (7) and his sister Amina Haffajee (16) were killed by a rock thrown onto their family’s car from a bridge over the N2, between Tongaat and Ballito.

The children had been on holiday from Vereeniging and and were with their father, Ebrahim Haffajee, who was also injured in the 27 December 2017 incident.

In denying the three bail, Alamchand said the accused may evade trial or interfere with witnesses.

Warrant Officer Ivan Padayachie, of the KwaZulu-Natal Organised Crime Unit, earlier asked the court not to grant bail because the key witnesses were minors, known to the accused, and might be at risk. – Roving Reporters

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Rosebank Colleage graduate, Bukeka Silekwa is a young journalist who believes that journalism is all about changing people's lives. "The media has a huge influence in shaping the world we live in, and I have to be part of that," says Silekwa.

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