Karabo Mokoena murder case postponed to later date
The case against a man who allegedly killed Karabo Mokoena and burnt her corpse was postponed in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday
The case was postponed to 24 May for a formal bail application. The state said it would oppose bail for 27-year-old Sandile Kagiso Mantsoe. He was dressed in a black jacket and and jeans and sported a mohawk.
He is charged with killing the 22-year-old part-time student and defeating the ends of justice.
Mokoena’s burnt body was found in a veld in Lyndhurst, Johannesburg, on 29 April. She was reported missing the day before.
The court gallery was packed to capacity with Mokoena’s family and friends, as well as journalists. Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi was also in attendance.
The court clerk told those in the public gallery that the magistrate had instructed that no-one was to wear political regalia in court.
Despite the magistrate’s request, court was temporarily adjourned when a group of EFF supporters wearing red tried to make their way into the room.
“This is also my country. I belong in this courtroom – why can’t I wear my political regalia?” a supporter shouted while trying to get through the door.
Earlier, Mokoena’s distraught mother wept while making her way around the courthouse surrounded by an entourage of relatives and friends.
– News24 Wire