Cape Town – Vereeniging Magistrates Court in Johannesburg reportedly granted R20 000 bail each to Shafic Ismael, 64, and his son Bilal Ismail, 39, on Wednesday after they allegedly assaulted two minor children — killing one of them.
According to The Citizen, on March 22, 2022, a security guard who worked at a motor dealership owned by the duo in De Deur caught two minors aged 9 and 12 years old trying to break in.
The security locked the minor boys in a room until Shafic and Bilal arrived.
Upon their arrival, the duo assaulted the boys, with the assistance of the security guard.
“Later that night, they dumped the minors at the Meyerton dumping site. The next morning, the seriously injured 9-year-old boy was found on the street in Meyerton, by a man who was on his way to work and taken to the police station. When the police went back to the dumping site, they found the lifeless body of the 12-year-old boy. Bilal was arrested on 26 March 2022 and his father was later arrested on 7 April 2022,” the report quoted the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) Lumka Mahanjana as saying.
Times Live reported that Bilal was arrested three days later while his father was arrested on April 7.
Shafic and his son were scheduled to appear in court on June 24.
In addition, they were ordered to hand in their passports to the investigating officer.
They were also ordered to have no contact with the witnesses directly or indirectly.
Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo