Forest High School learner, Mohammed Mwela (19) appeared before Judge Bashimane Molwana at the Johannesburg Magistrate court on Monday morning where he was granted a bail of R5000.
Mwela allegedly stabbed sixteen-year-old Daniel Kopela to death and further stabbed two boys on June, 3, 2019.
Mwela was charged with one count of murder and two of attempted murder. The investigative officer testified on an affidavit that he is not opposing bail for the accused.
Molwana said that whether the accused belonged in a gang or not remains unanswered because the investigative officer’s affidavit did not state that the accused belonged to any gang.
“If the accused belonged to a gang the Schedule would have been different.”
The judge continued to say that the state was not opposing bail for the accused.
National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phindi Louw Mjonodwane said that the decision to grant bail emanates from the facts that are at the states disposal; hence they did not oppose bail. She added that the family was consulted about this decision and told them what was going to happen, however they would leave it to the court to make the final decision.
The deceased was facing a criminal charge of armed robbery in the same court and was supposed to appear in August.
The NPA said they would need a death certificate to formally withdraw the charges because he is now deceased.
“It’s the deceased and one of his friend who was stabbed in this case that are actually facing criminal charges, so you will understand that deciding on whether or not bail should be opposed, the state had to consider a whole lots of facts.” said Mjonodwane.
An uncle to the deceased who preferred not to be named said that the accused needed to be punished.
“He knows that if he does something like this again he is going to come out for 5000 rand, justice will be done. If the court doesn’t do justice, the one up there will do It.” said the uncle.
Molwana said that the Department of Education should make arrangements for Mwela to finish his exams and not interact with witnesses. He also said that if he has a passport he should hand it to the investigative officer in charge of the matter.