Cii News | 21 August 2012
Bail judgement for the two accused in the murder of Muhammed Fayaz Kazi has been postponed to Wednesday morning at the Krugerdorp Magistrates Court.
28 year old Roedolf Viviers and 33 year old Zayn van Tonder appeared in the dock today as suspects in the murder of Kazi who died after an alleged beating outside a Chicken Licken outlet in Magaliesburg during the month of Ramadan.
The pair appeared briefly as photographers and the media jostled to take their pictures. Viviers was charged with grevious bodily assault and murder whilst Van Tonder was indicted for assault.
Members of the defence argued in favour of bail for the accused but were opposed in their application by the State. Investigating Officer in the case, Jannie van Rensburg of the Magaliesburg Detectives Unit also told the court of community anger in the wake of the murder and argued that the community would like the suspects to be kept in custody until the final court proceedings begin.
Channel Islam’s Head of News Azhar Vadi, attending the proceedings, said the courtroom was completely packed and the case had drawn attendance from many representatives of mainstream media. “Everybody is sitting on the edge of their seat, almost, waiting for something to happen and for some ruling to come.”
Vadi described the presiding Magistrate Reginald Dama as being very meticulous in his questioning. “He really picked out points in both the (arguments of) the defence and the prosecution and was quite fair so far.”
A group of South African Communist Party (SACP) members staged an impromptu protest outside the court venue also opposing bail for the accused. They pledged to enlist the support of unions to prevent the accused from being ever employed in their district of operation.
The bail judgement for both the accused is scheduled for 11.30am on Wednesday morning.
Tags: Azhar Vadi, fayaz kazi, Islamophobia, Roedolf Viviers, sunnah beard, Zayn van Tonder