Musawenkosi Mchunu
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The six men accused of murdering African National Congress (ANC) councillor Musawenkosi “Maqatha” Mchunuwill remain in police custody until their bail application is heard on 11 and 12 October.

Mchunu, a known ally of President Cyril Ramaphosa, was ambushed inside his home near Pietermaritzburg in May.

The suspects were arrested last week and face charges ranging from premeditated murder, conspiracy to commit murder and being in possession of an unlicensed firearm.

One of the accused is Ward 10 ANC councillor Nkosinathi Gambu who worked in the Msunduzi Municipality.

Gambu, Skhanyiso Zimu, Sifiso Mbhele, Mlungisi Zimu, Ayanda Ngubane and Gift Zungu’s lawyers had not prepared their statements for the bail hearing to proceed.

Instead, the defence made a new submission for access to information about the investigations.

A visibly irritated Magistrate Ashin Singh slammed the three defence lawyers for delaying proceedings by being unprepared and denied access to the docket citing the protection of witnesses as one reason.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Natasha Karra says it’s too early in the case for such info to be shared.

When the accused return to court their lawyers will have to argue the exceptional circumstances the court must consider granting then bail.

Meanwhile, outside the Pietermaritzburg Magistrates Court, dozens of ANC members showed their support for the Mchunu family through song.

EWN