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Bail judgment reserved for taxi violence murder accused

The man accused of murdering Middelburg District Taxi Association (MDTA) taxi owner, Ben Mahlangu, appeared in the Middelburg Magistrate's Court yesterday (Thursday).

Abraham Magagula of the Nazareth District Taxi Association (NDTA), handed himself over to the Middelburg Police on September 2, following the killing of Mr Mahlangu on August 30.

The deceased was shot during a protest action staged by MDTA over the Extension 24 and Rockdale routes. Magagula is being represented by Katlego Dolamo of Dolamo K Inc Attorneys. The investigating officer, Sergeant Amos Malatji, opposed bail stating the seriousness of the charge and that the lives of the witnesses and accused may be in danger.

Sgt Malatji also said the release of Magagula could lead to more violence between the rival taxi associations.

During the two hour bail application protesters picketed outside the court building. Judgment in the bail application of Magagula has been reserved until next week Thursday.

Magagula will hear his fate next week Thursday when the Magistrate’s Court makes a ruling.

Tiisetso Malunga

I have been working as a journalist/photographer since 2018 at the Middelburg Observer. Before joining Caxton I was a Journalism Student at the Tshwane University of Technology. I was also a broadcasting intern at the SABC in Pretoria. In my first year as a journalist I was awarded the Upcoming Journalist of the Year at the O H Frewin awards. My motto in life is ‘I am human before anything’ with that being said I am driven by human stories and I am a strong believer in justices and human rights.
 
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