- A 38-year-old man arrested in reference to the homicide of his 15-year-old “girlfriend” has appeared in courtroom.
- Thando Bhayibhile is charged with the homicide of Yonela Nonkeneza.
- Offended group members protested outdoors the courtroom and referred to as for Bhayibhile to be denied bail.
A 38-year-old Japanese Cape man who was arrested for the homicide of his 15-year-old “girlfriend” briefly appeared within the Zwelitsha Justice of the Peace’s Court docket on Monday.
Thando Bhayibhile is accused of the homicide of Yonela Nonkeneza.
In accordance with the Nationwide Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the case was postponed to eight April.
Nonkeneza’s physique was exhumed on 31 March from a grave that was dug underneath the accused’s mattress in Qawukeni Village, outdoors Qonce.
The invention of the physique delivered to an finish a three-day seek for the teenager, who had gone lacking on 28 March.
Hours later, native police arrested Bhayibhile close to Decrease Mthombe.
On Monday, offended residents from Qawukeni protested outdoors the courtroom in opposition to Bhayibhile’s launch on bail.
Ngqushwa Native Municipality Ward 3 councillor, Bulela Ntabeni, was among the many protesters.
Ntabeni stated: “We went to the courtroom as males to help girls to say: ‘Not in our title.’ We condemn gender-based violence. This incident had horrified the group, so we wish to ship a message to the Justice of the Peace, which isn’t any bail. The group can’t stay with somebody like that amongst us. He belongs in jail.”
Nonkeneza’s sister, Nontombazana Sofolo, claimed Bhayibhile and Nonkeneza have been concerned in a romantic relationship. She claimed previous to the incident, the 2 had a quarrel over Bhayibhile’s lacking R500 and Bhayibhile accused Nonkeneza of stealing the cash. Sofolo stated that when she heard concerning the cash battle, she intervened and begged him to not hurt Nonkeneza, promising to pay him again in instalments on her behalf.
The sister added that she hoped the invention of Nonkeneza’s physique would deliver the household closure.
She stated that when Yonela began courting Bhayibhile, she barely stayed at dwelling.
A revered chief in Qawukeni, Freeman Gqatso, beforehand instructed News24 that stated Bhayibhile was a well known prison who spent extra time in jail than he did outdoors of jail.
He stated Nonkeneza had been warned to keep away from him.
The incident despatched shockwaves throughout the Japanese Cape and sparked widespread condemnation.