Pietermaritzburg - A public petition handed to the Pietermaritzburg
Magistrate's Court on Monday alleges that tokoloshes (evil spirits) are being
used to steal court dockets.
The petition alleged that murder accused Mduduzi Manqele, a wealthy
traditional healer, was "well-known for keeping evil creatures which collect
dockets from court".
"We fear, once released, his evil creatures will tamper with the
investigations," the petition continued.
A crowd of of people, who had travelled about 45km to the court, protested
Manqele, 48, and co-accused Roger Thusi, 30, face charges of murdering Loyisa
Jokweni, 18, whose head was found in a freezer in the home of Thusi's girlfriend
A source in the community said Thusi led the police to Manqele after
allegedly being told by him to behead Jokweni and put the head in a freezer "to
Magistrate Bessie du Toit granted Manqele bail after his advocate Martin Krog
submitted that there was no evidence against him.
Krog said the allegations against Manqele in the petition were baseless.
Du Toit refused Thusi's application for bail.
After the discovery of the head in the freezer, angry people from the area
where Manqele practised set fire to his house and tuckshop.
They also burned the house where Thusi allegedly kept the head, with a frozen
snake coiled around it.
The case was adjourned to March 30.-Sapa
|Crime Category:||Stolen - Other|
|Crime Date/Time:||8 Mar 2011, 00:03 AM|
|Reported Date:||2 Mar 2011, 11:03 AM|