Twelve taxi operators accused of murder appeared before the High Court of South Africa; North West Division, sitting in the Klerksdorp Regional Court on Sunday, 12 September 2021. They are facing two charges of murder and four charges of attempted murder.
When the matter appeared before the same court in June 2021, two of the state witnesses who survived the attack had already testified about their ordeal in the hands of the alleged perpetrators. When proceedings commenced on the 12 of September, the state representative, Advocate Benny Kalakgosi led more evidence by calling a third witness, Kashiso Mahashe, who testified on how badly injured he was and expressed his near-death experience. The case is rolled over to Tuesday, 21 September 2021 for cross-examination.
On 19 September 2018, the accused who are said to be taxi operators in Boitumelo near Bloemhof, allegedly forcefully took six of the victims who are allegedly to be criminals belonging to a criminal gang known as SVK that were terrorizing the community for long time, to Boitumelo taxi rank and assaulted them with spades, pangas, sjamboks, sticks and other objects.
During the assault, Mooketsi Mogapi (33) died on the scene and Teboho Thoo (21) died four days later in hospital. Shadrack Mokonyane, France Watkins, Kashiso Mahashe and Thabang Leepile were severely injured but survived the onslaught.
Furthermore, the eleven accused, Olebogeng Ndlovu (28), Ivan Leonard (31), Mxholeli Bongola (41), Poliri Mohlolo (26), Isaac Ndlovu (29), Ishmael Ngubane (29), Nkululeko Nkencele (48), James Qankase (36), Jeremah Bonokwane (20), Boitumelo Magage (25) and Daniel Qangase (50) are out on warning, while Mohau Motswana (43) will remain in police custody for a different criminal matter and is set to continue in court until Tuesday, 23 September 2021.