COUP SUPPORT: Supporters of the alleged Congolese coup plotters outside the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court. Picture: IHSAAN HAFFEJEE
The rape and murder of Anene Booysens, 20 accused of planning to overthrow the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government and the sentencing of convicted Nigerian terrorist Henry Okah, are just some of the cases to heard be in courts this week.
Jonathan Davids and Johannes Kana, the two accused of raping and killing Western Cape teen Booysens three weeks ago, are expected to apply for bail at the Bredasdorp Magistrate’s Court tomorrow. The community in which the 17 year old’s murder occurred is expected to protest against the granting of bail.
This while Bredasdorp station commander Col Maree Louw, who was vocal and has provided support to Booysen’s family, is attending the same court on charges of reckless and negligent driving.
Louw will appear on April 5 at the Somerset West Magistrate’s Court over the 2012 incident.
On Wednesday, 20 men accused of plotting to overthrow the DRC government will appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court.
The group was arrested at a Modimolle “military training camp”. In the North West, Jeffrey Letukaward, Paul Molomonyane, ANC councillor Itumeleng Molebatsi, municipal worker William Malefo, and taxi driver Kgotso Kali will appear in court over the murder of ANC official Obuti Chika. The deceased was shot outside his home in December.
In the Western Cape, bus driver Siza Nonama, 41, is to be sentenced for 23 counts of culpable homicide this week.
He was the driver of the bus in an accident that killed 23 people in De Doorns in 2010.
On Thursday, the South Gauteng High Court will hear whether a Nigerian village chief and a US professor will testify in Henry Okah’s mitigation of sentence.
Okah, a convicted terrorist, masterminded a bomb attack that killed 12 people in Abuja, Nigeria in 2010.