Two men accused of murdering Collins Municipality Mayor Chabane Moses Maluleka have abandoned their bail applications at the Malamulele Magistrates’ Court in Limpopo.

Maluleke was shot dead in his home in Shikundu village in July.

The case of the accused, 42-year-old Shumani Nemadodi and 42-year-old Avhatakali Mulaudi, was adjourned to September 19 for further investigation.

The two accused in the killing appeared briefly in court Wednesday morning.

Limpopo National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Mashudu Malabi-Jangi says: “Both accused appeared today with their legal representatives, one from Legal Aid and the other a private lawyer. Both were accused in the case by Moses Maluleke. [They have] therefore abandoned their bail application and the matter was adjourned to September 19, 2022.”

Meanwhile, family spokesperson Humphrey Mugakula says they welcome the delay.

“I think that this delays the case for the police and the court [time to conduct a thorough] investigation. So when they come back, they need to have a tight case on their shoulders. So we’re okay with the delay, especially now [that] the investigation is ongoing,” adds Mugakula.

Video: Details of Mayor Moses Maluleke’s murder [30 July 2022]

Meanwhile, an angry group of protesters barricaded the entry and exit gates of the court in Limpopo.

Protesters prevent vehicles, including the entourage of Limpopo MEC for Transport and Public Safety Polly Bashiel, from leaving the area.

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