The six men accused of murdering Gauteng health department whistleblower Babita Deokaran were not granted bail, prompting shouts and applauding at the court.
On Monday, Phakamani Hadebe, Zitha Radebe, Phinda Ndlovu, Sanele Mbhele, Siphiwe Mazibuko, and Siphakanyiswa Dladla faced charges in Johannesburg.
The six defendants failed to show any special circumstances that would allow them to be released, according to Magistrate Simon Sibanyoni.
“They don’t have special circumstances because of the attack on the state’s case,” Sibanyoni stated.
The magistrate stated that the accused was facing severe allegations and that if convicted, he or she may face significant jail sentences.
This, according to Sibanyoni, may lead them to try to avoid trial if they are freed on bond.
“Until a trial court rules on the admissibility of the information, all six suspects are tied to the murder of Deokaran, either by confessions or through pointing outs.”
Rakesh Deokaran, brother of deceased Gauteng health officer Babita Deokaran, believes whistleblowers should be protected.
He stated that he would not judge on accusations that some of the defendants were attacked and tortured in order to compel confessions.
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