Luke Fleurs murder accused denied bail.

Luke Fleurs murder accused denied bail. Image: Instagram/@Luke Fleurs.

Accused in Luke Fleurs murder case denied bail

Six suspects arrested in connection with the murder of Luke Fleurs have been denied bail they face chargers of murder.

Luke Fleurs murder accused denied bail.

Luke Fleurs murder accused denied bail. Image: Instagram/@Luke Fleurs.

On Friday, the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court refused bail for the six men accused in the case involving the murder of Kaizer Chiefs player Luke Fleurs. 

The 24-year-old footballer was fatally shot during a hijacking at a petrol station in Honeydew, Johannesburg, on 3 April.

Fleurs murders denied bail

Ndumiso Moswane (26), Fernando Sive (25), Nhlakanipho Dlamini (21), Franky Xaba (25), Maredi Mphahlele (36), and Thembinkosi Hlomikhawu (31) were all remanded until June 27th as the case was deferred for additional investigation.

The accused were apprehended in Slovoville on April 10th when police pursued leads regarding the location of Fleurs’ hijacked vehicle.

The charges against them include murder, aggravated robbery, possession of firearms, possession of ammunition, and obstructing justice.

“The denial of bail signals our commitment as the NPA to holding the alleged perpetrators of violent crimes accountable. Our priority is to protect our community and ensure that justice is served,” National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said. 

She expressed concerns that granting them bail could have posed a severe risk to the safety of state witnesses.

All defendants in Fleurs murder case to enter not guilty pleas

The six men charged with the murder of Kaizer Chiefs player Luke Fleurs have announced their intention to plead not guilty, asserting that they believe the state’s case against them lacks strength.

The group maintained their innocence, stating firmly that they were not involved in Fleurs’s death.

“The state’s case is weak. There is no evidence that I killed the deceased and robbed him of his car,” all six accused said in their affidavits read into the record by their legal representatives.

According to the Sowetan Live, Each of them is accused of murder, obstructing justice, and aggravated robbery. The state has dropped the charge of possessing illegal firearms and ammunition, which they were initially accused of.

During the court proceedings, their legal representative, Ingrid Mainule, read an affidavit on behalf of accused one (Moswane), accused two (Sive), and accused three (Dlamini), affirming their willingness to comply with any bail conditions set by the court.

Sive, born in Mozambique, has lived in South Africa since he was an infant.

 He mentioned that he works as a panel beater for his father, earning R500 every two weeks. 

 Sive expressed concern that he couldn’t afford to forfeit his bail money.

The suspects were to request bail during their court appearance. All six of them have chosen to seek assistance from Legal Aid lawyers.

State prosecutor Arnold Limekhaya stated that the prosecution intends to contest the bail applications.