By: Ramaredi Machethe
The murder trial of Thoriso Themane, a resident from Flora Park is expected to begin at the Polokwane High on 25 January 2021. Themane was allegedly murdered on 23 February 2019, by learners from a local school.
According to the Spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority, Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi, the trial was postponed on Monday, 18 January 2021 as the defence lawyer of accused number three is in quarantine due to Covid-19.
Eleven people were charged on Themane’s murder. “Two of the accused are adults, while the other nine were minors at the time. One of the minors passed way before the matter was moved to the high court”, she explained.
Malabi-Dzhangi said three of the remaining minors have since turned state witness. “Three minors will now be tried as adults, because they have turned of age”, she added.
She concluded that “the remaining two minors and five adults will appear in the high court again on 25 January when the murder trial resumes”.