Six men arrested for Andile ‘bobo’ Mchuni’s brutal death
The six men charged with the murder and kidnapping of 16-year-old KwaZulu-Natal teen Andile Mchuni say they were assaulted and made to sign blank pages while in police custody.
Mlungisi Thabathe, 28, Andile Nhleko, 27, Mncedisi Mzobe, 27, Siyanda Msweli, 26, Lindani Ndlovu, 22, and Malusi Mthembu 27, were charged with the murder and kidnapping of Mbuthu. The teen disappeared after he was assaulted for allegedly stealing alcohol from a tavern in Hambanathi in Tongaat, north of Durban.
The tavern was set on fire on Friday evening after human remains, believed to be those of Mbuthu were discovered in a river a few kilometers for Hambanathi.
On Tuesday, a video was widely circulated on social media showing what is believed to be Mbuthu’s battered and bloodied body lying near a pool of water and blood.
Residents of Hambanathi in Tongaat have gathered outside the Verulam Magistrate’s Court where seven men are appearing charged with the murder and kidnapping of Andile #JusticeForBobo @TimesLIVE @yasantha pic.twitter.com/LDavIg2b83
— Lwandile Bhengu (@Lwandi_N) May 11, 2020
The men’s lawyer Chris Gounden told the court that his clients complained that they were assaulted.
Initially seven suspects had been arrested for the murder, however, charges were provisionally withdrawn against the seventh suspect, who is a minor.
“They said that they were tubed and forced to sign blank papers and papers with content they did not know of,” said Gounden. Tubing is a controversial method of suffocation.
Gounden also requested that the men be kept at a local police station because if they were sent to Westville prison they would need to appear via audio-video remand (using technology, from prison). This, he said, would prejudice the accused, as the prison was not transporting prisoners during the lockdown.
The magistrate ruled that arrangements needed to be made with Westville Prison to bring the prisoners on their next appearance on May 19.
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