Tuesday, 19 April 2022 17:14

Elvis Nyathi murder case postponed to April 22.

Staff Reporter.

The court case into the death of Zimbabwean national Elvis Nyathi, who was beaten and burnt to death in Diepsloot a week ago amid ongoing protests regarding crime in the area, has been postponed to April 22.

A group of seven men have been arrested and charged with the murder of Nyathi. They appeared at the Randburg magistrate's court on Tuesday.

National Prosecuting Authority regional spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said the group is also alleged to have robbed some victims of their belongings and demanded money in exchange for the release of those they had captured.

Mjonondwane said the suspects initially consisted of 14 men, however, only seven have been charged. The rest had since been released due to insufficient evidence.

They face charges of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, assault, robbery with aggravating circumstances, and extortion.

The seven accused will remain in custody for them to acquire legal representation.

Police Minister Bheki Cele and Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi visited the area following the killing and protests. 

The two ministries promised to embark on a joint operation to weed out undocumented foreign nationals and fight crime in Diepsloot.