PRETORIA, September 14 – Four of the five Pretoria men accused of assaulting a black couple – Jacob Sono and his wife Dudu – at a KFC drive-through were remanded in custody by the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
Magistrate Motlhoki Rapulana remanded Stephen Nel, 39, Joshua Scholtz, 21, and 21-year-old Dicky Junior van Rooyen, and 23-year-old Marius Harding in custody until October 18.
Harding previously abandoned his bail application and the fifth accused, 20-year-old Orckert Muller was previously granted R5,000 bail. Muller will also return to court next month with his co-accused.
On Thursday, the prosecution requested the postponement, citing outstanding statements from certain witnesses and a ballistic report which is yet to be received, regarding the incident.
The five are facing charges of attempted murder, assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, and the pointing of a firearm.
State witnesses – two police officers – previously testified in the bail application bid that the five had acted in common purpose and that the attack was racially motivated.
The attack was captured on cellphone video and the clip went viral on social media earlier this month. There was a public outcry leading to the arrest of the five men.
On August 30, the court denied Nel, Scholtz and Van Rooyen’s bid for bail, citing the seriousness of the charges they faced and the public outcry which followed the much publicised incident.
Members of the African National Congress Women’s League, in their green and black regalia, were also in court on Thursday.