Durban ‘bomb’ case suspect gets R100 000 bail
One of the 19 men arrested in a case involving explosive devices being placed in and around Durban in July – which police believe is linked to the deadly mosque attack in Verulam in May – was granted R100,000 bail at the Verulam Magistrate’s Court this afternoon. The state also provisionally withdrew charges against seven of the other suspects.
Businessman Goolam Haffajee was granted bail because he was not fingered during an identity parade. He is not allowed to leave the province and had to hand over his passport as part of his bail conditions.
Today’s proceedings were also finally opened to members of the media, who had been barred from the courtroom last week and this morning. However, the use of cellphones was not permitted inside the court.
A small group gathered outside the court in the morning reciting in Arabic and holding signs saying, “No bail for terrorists” and “No place for religious extremism in South Africa”.
The suspects were arrested on October 5 in and around the Durban area after being linked to a series of explosive devices that were placed at several upmarket shopping centres across Durban earlier this year as well as a brutal murder at a Verulam mosque. Police have stated that the motive for the incidents may be extortion.
The suspects are facing charges of murder, attempted murder, violation of the explosives act, arson, extortion, and the illegal possession of firearms.
The suspects are also accused of kidnapping after police found a man “chained and malnourished inside a dungeon in one of the houses” when it was raided.
During the same raids, “a ready made incendiary device” and other items were discovered, according to the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks), who have not ruled out the possibility of additional charges.
At their first appearance last week, the windows of the courtroom were blackened out with paper and the media was barred from proceedings.
African News Agency
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