Two suspects appeared in court for drive-by shooting in Phillipi

Outside the court near the entrance sat one mother of the children killed in tears. She could not speak to the media. Photo by Bernard Chiguvare

The case against suspects facing charges of murder and attempted murder that appeared in Athlone Magistrate Court has been postponed to 16 April.

Browns Farms, Cape Town, South Africa

Vitalis Matema and Albert Mutuubloa, suspects in the murder of four people including two children in Browns Farm, Philippi appeared in Athlone Magistrate court today facing four charges of murder and one attempted murder.

Elitsha reported that the deceased were in a stationery vehicle  when three armed men fired shots and fled the scene.

The Magistrate told the suspects that they would be allowed to apply for bail on their next court appearance. Currently they  remain in police custody.

Matema and Mutuubloa had earlier told the court that they stay in Betterlife area in Philippi but when the magistrate asked for the physical address they were not sure of it.

The two were given a choice either to find a representative or to represent themselves.

“We are both represented by one person but he is late. He told us he is own his way,” says Matema.

As they stand before the magistrate the two frequently turned to look back at the public gallery, Court F that was fully packed.

“Please don’t look back. This is a serious matter. Be here, face the court,” says the Magistrate warning the suspects to be attentive to court proceedings.

Matema was almost in tears as they were taken away back into police custody.

According to the police report the two were nabbed during the weekend. The third suspect is still on the run and detectives are hot in his pursuit.

Meanwhile, Police Minister Bheki Cele visited Philippi area last week and urged community members to let the police do their work.

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About Bernard Chiguvare 56 Articles
Originally from Zimbabwe and since 2014 I been contributing to different publications in South Africa. My area of focus as a reporter is on the rights of vulnerable communities and foreign nationals in any country.