South Africa schoolgirl shootout suspect in court

A man accused of being involved in a shootout on Monday which left a nine-year-old girl dead near the South African city of Durban has appeared in court.

Sibonelo Mkhize is alleged to have been part of a group of three men who exchanged fire with Sadia Sukhraj’s father after they snatched her from a car.

Her father, Shailendra Sukhraj, who is a well-known pastor in the area, was taking her school when the incident happened in the driverway, news 24 reports.

Mr Sukhraj chased and fired at the car.

Mr Mkhize was arrested after the speed away car crashed, a second suspect was found dead while another is on the run.

In court, Mr Mkhize had visible blood stains on his green jersey. His lawyer said he had been assaulted by police officers at Durban Central Police Station and asked he be transferred to another one.

He is facing two counts of murder and a charge for theft and kidnapping.

A bail hearing will be held on Thursday.

Source: Sunday Times


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