The Verulam Magistrate’s Court in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, heard that the body of Mondli Majola, one of the victims killed during the unrest in Phoenix would be exhumed because the cause of his death is being disputed. The legal team of Dylan and Ned Govender and Jeetendra Jaikissoon – who are accused of his murder – requested that representatives of the accused are present at the exhumation.
According to SABC News, Majola’s body will be exhumed sometime next week over a dispute regarding the cause of his death. An autopsy report suggests that the 19-year-old did not die from gunshot wounds but was stabbed to death.
Siphosenkosi Shezi, the investigating officer, told the Verulam Magistrate’s Court that the Eastern Cape High Court and the Department of Environmental Affairs have granted permission to exhume Mondli Majola’s body, during cross-examination.
Majola was living in Amatoti, Inanda, at the time of his death but he was buried at his family home at Flagstaff in the Eastern Cape.
The murder accused’s defence requested the presence of an expert representative of their clients at the exhumation as the state wants to obtain evidence against them. According to SABC News, the defence said the presence of the representative is to ensure that there is no foul play during the process.
The accused brothers Dylan and Ned Govender and Jeetendra Jaikissoon face charges of murder and attempted murder. Their bail application is still being considered by the court.