Mbatha murder case – prosecutor to finalise indictment

The Ga-Rankuwa Magistrates’ Court, postponed a case against four suspects, charged with the murder of Sam Mbatha, to 29 June 2022, for the appointed senior state prosecutor, to finalise the indictment before, the matter can be transferred to the high court.

Sam Mbatha (24)

Owing to the serious nature of the offence, the case was transferred to the Direction of Public Prosecutions(DPP) to decide on the high court transfer. Arthur Khoza (19), Thato Masetla (22), Junior Modise (21) and Mahlatsi Nkuna (21), were all arrested following an intensive investigation by the police.

In the meantime, Masetlha abandoned his bail application, while Modise was rearrested after failing to appear in court and his bail was revoked. Khoza and Nkuna are still out on R500 each. Their bail conditions are that they must report to the Klipgat Police Station every Wednesday and Sunday between 17h00 and 18h00, and they are also barred from interfering with the state’s witnesses.

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Police investigations led them to a house in the Phutha section, Klipgat on Monday, 21 June 2021, the house was searched and they found bloodstains on the floor, under and on top of a bed as well on the carpet. Furthermore, an axe suspected to have been used during the commission of this crime was found on top of the roof of the house. DNA samples positively identified Sam Mbatha as the deceased person, whose body was found inside a burnt Hyundai i20 vehicle at a soccer field at Klipgat on 10 January 2021.