'Umshini Wami' on day of Skielik murder trial

Gospel singer Solly Moholo performed outside the Swartruggens Magistrate’s Court on Monday morning as the public started to gather for the trial of murder accused Johan Nel.

Moholo sang Umshini Wami, which is popularly known as African National Congress president Jacob Zuma’s trademark song.

Skielik murder accused Nel will appear in court on four counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder.

Nel (18) allegedly killed Enoch Tshepo Motshelanoka (10), three-month-old Kegitlho Elizabeth Moiphitlhi, her mother, Anna (31), and Sivuyile Banani (35) and wounded six others on January 6 in what has been described as a racially motivated shooting spree.

The street leading to the court was cordoned off as early as 7am as hundreds of protesters were expected outside the court for Nel’s appearance.

Heavily armed police with shields, batons and rifles were present.

Nel arrived at the court shortly after 7.30am.

About 100 people had already gathered outside the court by early morning.—Sapa

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