Men accused of killing close friends set free

JOHANNESBURG- Friends Bongeka Phungula and Popi Qwabe were found murdered in Soweto last year, bodies were found on May 12 and 13 respectively, after they were shot dead.

The young sister of one of the two women has said she feels like the justice system has failed them.

Two men charged with the killing were released in court on Wednesday.

Alec Magaula Mamothame, 43, and Sandile Nkosi, 25, were accused of kidnapping, robbing and killing close friends Bongeka Phungula and Popi Qwabe on May 12.

The two were arrested on May 21 and granted bail a month later.

The two appeared in the Protea Magristrate court and were told that the matter had been provisionally withdrawn.

“You have failed me as a black child. You have failed the young women that get killed everyday. You have failed my late sister and my best friend,” she wrote on Twitter, tagging Police Minister Fikile Mbalula.

Magistrate Herman Badenhorst yesterday told the pair he was left with no choice but to temporarily absolve them of their charges.

The magistrate felt that he had been postponing the matter since last year and decided to strike it off the roll until the police are able to gather enough evidence for it to be heard in a court.

“It does not mean that this will be the permanent state of the case, but it simply means that it can be brought back if more evidence is presented,” he said.

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