- Pieter and Stephan Groenewald, who are accused of unleashing their dog on one of their employees, have been denied bail
- The two are facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, and the judge believed that keeping them locked up would be just
- South Africans welcomed the ruling and called for the suspects to pay for their crimes
With nine years’ experience, Tebogo Mokwena, a current affairs writer for Briefly News, provided insights into the criminal justice system and high-profile cases in South Africa at Daily Sun.
The Groblersdal Magistrate Court denied Pieter and Stefan Groenewald, who are accused of setting their dogs on one of their employees, bail. They will remain behind bars, and the court believes that it would not be in the interests of justice to give them bail.
Judge denies Groenewald men bail
According to TimesLIVE, the judge at the proceedings, Magistrate Bogi Mashele, refused to give them bail because he did not think it would be just. The state prosecutor, Faith Raselomane, vehemently opposed bail and believed that granting them the bail would pose a risk to public order. Raselomane also added that one of the witnesses was threatened by two men who drove a vehicle belonging to the Groenewald’s company. He also revealed that there was political interference in the case.
He accused the Economic Freedom Fighters of making this a racial incident. He revealed that right-wing white people protested in opposition to the EFF, and the ANC was also involved in the uproar when these groups clashed outside of the court.
What you need to know about the Groblersdal dog attack case
- Pieter Groenewald and his son have been accused of setting their dog on one of their employees, Veneruru Kavari, in a viral video
- They were charged with attempted murder, and their first bail application was postponed because of witnesses’ safety concerns
- The courts also discovered that Groenewald previously skipped the country after he murdered two people in 1990
Netizens were relieved that bail was denied
Bongani Sibeko said:
"Acts done out of anger and hate leads to this outcome. Regret is the ultimate consequence of doing things out of anger.”
Dhaki Molly Kondi exclaimed:
“People need to learn humanity.”
Fikile Nozombile said:
“Serves them right.”
Mncedisi Fulani exclaimed:
“Good. No one is above the law. Crime is a crime.”
Happy Robert joked:
“The boy is going to be a great wife in prison and the father a cool father-in-law.”
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Kirsten Kluyts suspect denied bail
In a similar article, Briefly News reported that Kirsten Kluyts’ murder accused, Bafana Mahungela, was denied bail.
Mahungela appeared before the Alexander Magistrates Court, and the judge ruled that he was a danger to society.
Some in South Africa still believed that he was innocent but faulted him for wearing the victim’s t-shirt at the crime scene.
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