11 March 2016

South Africa: Three Zimbabweans to Appear in Joburg Court for Heinous Crimes

Three Zimbabwean men and a South African woman are expected to go for trial at the Palm Ridge High Court in Johannesburg on 4 April, charged with killing two Zimbabwean women, raping three others and kidnapping 28 fellow countrymen in South Africa.

Charles Cecil Brewer (36) aka Boss, of Nketa 7 in Bulawayo and his South African wife Madida Petition Sicelo (30) aka Sister accompanied by Jaheni Luphahla (28) aka Satan of Old Lobengula in Bulawayo and Phathumuzi Sibanda (27) of Emakhandeni in Bulawayo are accused of committing the crimes between 30 May and 11 July 2015.

The four have already been languishing in remand prison since their arrest in July last year and were denied bail at the Thembisa magistrate court in Johannesburg before the matter was transferred to the High Court. The matter has however been dragging on as the accused struggled to get a lawyer after dumping free state legal practitioners. Sources close to investigations said the four have since been positively identified by six victims.

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