Judgment for the brutal murder of LGBTQI+ activist Sam Mbatha will be delivered on March 4, 2024, in the Ga-Rankuwa regional court, after being postponed from the initial date of November 2.
Arthur Khoza (19), Mahlatsi Nkuna (21), and Thato Mosetla (22) were arrested following an intensive police investigation linking them to Mbatha’s murder.
Henry Mamothame, the spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority, disclosed that Mbatha’s charred body was discovered inside a burnt Hyundai i20 near a soccer field at Klipgat in January 2021. He further noted that police found bloodstains in the suspects’ house, an axe believed to have been used during the murder on the roof of the house, and DNA samples that positively identified Mbatha as the deceased.
The accused are not only facing murder charges but also charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances, kidnapping, malicious property damage, and defeating the ends of justice.
While Mosetla abandoned his bail application after his arrest and was subsequently denied bail on July 7, 2022, Khoza and Nkuna are on R500 bail each.
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