A teenager accused in the Thoriso Themane murder case has been reported dead.

The Limpopo High Court was told on Thursday disclosed that one of the nine minors accused of the brutal murder of Thoriso Themane has since died.

A death certificate was handed to the court, confirming the child’s death. He was accused number two. No further details were provided around his death.

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The remaining eight accused, whose ages range from 13 to 16, appeared together with their two adult co-accused – Alfred Mothapo, 36, and Chuene Maleka, 37.

 

Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi, who is the National Prosecuting Authority provincial spokesperson disclosed that “The case was postponed because the legal representatives of accused number 6 and 7 (who are minors) requested the State to furnish them with certain information.

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“Due to the involvement of the minor accused, the trial is to be held in camera.”

Themane was attacked on 23 February 2019 in Polokwane. Footage of the fatal attack went viral on social media and led to protests in the city.