Cape Town – The bail application of one of the men charged with the murder of Hillary Gardee was reportedly postponed by the Nelspruit magistrate’s court.
According to Times Live, Sipho Mkatshwa appeared at the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court on May 24 after he applied for bail.
The matter was rescheduled to June 2 because the investigating officer was not able to be in court due to bereavement.
“The defence counsel agreed to this through a text message and said we can postpone. June 2 was suitable,” State prosecutor advocate Ntsika Mpolweni said as quoted by the report.
IOL reported that Mkatshwa and his two co-accused, Philemon Lukhele and Mduzuzi Gama, had initially abandoned their bail applications when they appeared in court earlier this month.
The trio was charged with murder, rape, conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping and possession of illegal firearms.
The case was rescheduled to June 9.
Hillary was the daughter of former EFF secretary-general Godrich Gardee.
She went missing on April 29 after a shopping trip to a Spar near her home in Mbombela, Mpumalanga.
Hillary was found dead in a field outside Mbombela, on May 3 with a gun wound on her head.
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Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo