Lethiwe Makhanya
Journalist
1 minute read
29 Jul 2022
06:59

Update: Four accused in Pietermaritzburg tavern shooting drop bail bid

Lethiwe Makhanya

The men are facing four charges of murder, eight of attempted murder and the illegal possession of firearms.

The four men who appeared at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday. Photo: Sakhiseni Nxumalo

Four men linked to the mass shooting at Samukelisiwe Tavern in Sweetwaters early this month have abandoned their bail applications.

The men — Bonginkosi Zaca, Thembelani Malevu, Melizwe Mjwara and Sabelo Mabaso — made their second appearance at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, where they were expected to apply for bail.

They are facing four charges of murder, eight of attempted murder and the illegal possession of firearms. Another four charges of attempted murder were added on Thursday.

The incident took place in July and left four people dead. Eight were injured and taken to hospital.

Zaca, Malevu and Mjwara told the court they no longer wanted to apply for bail. Mabaso abandoned his bail application during the first court appearance. All four accused also objected to being filmed by the media when they were in court.

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Mabaso, who is the fourth accused in the matter, said: “We object to this being broadcast to the public. How are the people going to look at us. It is putting a lot of pressure on our families and we have children.”

Magistrate Nitesh Binessarie told the men their identities have already been made public during their previous court appearance, during which several media houses applied for permission to film the proceedings. Their case was then postponed to September 20 for further investigations.