As reported by Eyewitness News, the 13- and 15-year old suspects appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday. They are each facing a charge of murder.
The youngest suspect was arrested hours after the murder when authorities found a knife in his possession. The 15-year-old suspect was arrested the following day.
As per the law, suspects between the ages of 10 and 14 cannot be held criminally liable unless it is proved otherwise, while a suspect between the ages of 14 to 18 can be prosecuted.
The suspects were released into the custody of their parents while the investigation continues. According to Police spokesperson Kay Makhubele, the case has been remanded to April:
“The matter is still under investigation, if there are any suspects who were or are involved they will be arrested.”
The search for the phone took them to a nearby school, where the 13-year-old suspect was arrested.
Kulani Mathebula’s memorial service
Mathebula’s memorial service was attended by MEC Education Minister in Gauteng, Panyaza Lesufi. See photos of the event here.
He extended his condolences once again to Mathebula’s family and friends, saying that the “education fraternity is with [them] during this difficult time.” He concluded with:
“No words will be enough to comfort you; we are sorry.”
Timeline of the case
- 13 March: Kulani Mathebula, 19, stabbed to death outside Mondeor High. A 13-year-old suspect is arrested when video footage of his identity surfaces.
- 14 March: Two suspects arrested, one aged 15.
- 15 March: Memorial service held for Kulani Mathebula at Mondeor High. Teen suspects appears in court for a closed-door hearing. The 13-year-old and 15-year-old admit guilt, but the third suspect denies involvement. The case is rescheduled for 29 March.
- 29 March: Case remanded to April for further investigation.
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