Alleged xenophobia murderers return to the dock

Four men accused of killing Manuel Jossias, the Mozambican man initially identified as Emmanuel Sithole, are expected back in the Alexandra magistrate’s court on Monday.

Jossias was stabbed in broad daylight in Alexandra, Johannesburg, on April 18.

Pictures of him being attacked and stabbed were published on the front page of the Sunday Times.

Sifundi Mzimela, Ayanda Sibiya, Sizwe Mngomezulu, and Mthinti Bhengu, all in their 20s, were arrested and charged with murder and robbery. They first appeared in court on April 21.

Speaking to reporters that day, National Prosecuting Authority head Mxolisi Nxasana said the state had a strong case against them.

Gauteng premier David Makhura said it had not been confirmed that his murder was motivated by xenophobia.

“Those who were around claim this was a robbery,” said Makhura.

The youngsters allegedly stole cigarettes from Sithole, a vendor, and attacked him when he confronted them.

Jossias’s death occurred during a wave of xenophobic attacks on foreigners in April. It started in townships around Durban and spread to Gauteng. At least seven people, including three South Africans and Jossias, were killed. Scores were injured and displaced. 

Names of the two suspects have since been corrected from Sifiso Mzimela to Sifundi Mzimela; and Amanda Sibiya to Ayanda Sibiya. –  News24

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