UPDATE: Hillbrow mass murder case will be referred to the High Court, distraught friends and family of victims at court

 

Mass murder accused, Sabelo Ngubane (29) made a scheduled appearance in the Johannesburg Regional Court on 19 April following two previous postponements in the matter.

Ngubane, who faces five charges of murder and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, had requested to appoint his own attorney during his first court appearance on 10 March. He was, however, unable to secure an attorney in the run up to his appearance on 19 April. The court has since provided him with legal representation, while Ngubane was remanded in custody at the Joburg Central Prison (Sun City) pending his next court appearance on 23 May.

Read: UPDATE: Hillbrow quintuple murder case set to resume at the Joburg Regional Court

The court heard that investigations in the case are on-going with post-mortem results for the five deceased still outstanding and a ballistics report for the two firearms yet to be finalised.

Magistrate Simon Radasi transferred the case from court 23 to court 10 on the basis that the matter will, in all likelihood, be heard in the South Gauteng High Court.

“There is every chance that the matter will go to the High Court given the severity of the offences committed… it will be treated as a high-profile case,” said Colleen Ryan, the state prosecutor allocated to potential High Court matters, speaking to City Buzz.

“Time constraints are also a factor, and so the High Court has a court roll that allows for ample time for such matters to be attended to adequately,” she added.

Meanwhile, friends and family of the deceased who attended the court case expressed deep sorrow about the death of the victims. Skhumbuzo Kunene, a relative of the murdered family said one of the victims, had just arrived in Johannesburg when she was murdered. “The lady who was killed had barely been in Joburg for two days, visiting from KZN (Kwa-Zulu Natal) with her three-year-old child when this unfortunate incident happened,” said Kunene.

Read: Investigations continue into an attempted robbery and murder of a shop owner in Hillbrow

A visibly distraught family friend, who did not want to be named, recounted the first time she received news of the incident. “I was back home in KZN, where Fikile (one of the victims) and I attended high school together. I was listening to the radio when the news broke. At that point, I was oblivious to the identities of the deceased until I received a call from another close friend to the family. I can’t even put into words the heartbreak I felt upon receiving the news.”

Also read:

#HillbrowShooting: The case of the 29-year old man accused of the murder of five postponed

#HillbrowShooting: Investigation continues

City Buzz will provide further updates in the matter when Ngubane makes his next appearance in court on 23 May.

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Tshepiso Mametela
Journalist

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