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Thoriso Themane: Seven teenage suspects to apply for bail

thoriso themane justice for thoriso polokwane murder teenagers mobThe seven teenagers arrested and charged with Thoriso Themane’s murder will apply for bail on Wednesday, 3 April.

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As reported by Jacaranda FM, seven of the nine suspects linked to the death of Thoriso Themane are expected to apply for bail on Wednesday, 3 April 2019.

The minors appeared in the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, while the two adult suspects – Chuene Maleka, 37, and Alfred Mothapo, 36 – made a separate court appearance.

The minors will apply for bail on Wednesday, while Maleka and Mothapo’s case was postponed until 31 May 2019. Both men were granted bail of R1 000 each on 11 March, 2019.

The murder of Thoriso Themane

Themane was the victim of a mob attack on 23 February. His bloody body was found in Flora Park, Polokwane the following day.

A video clip depicting the teenagers dragging Themane through the streets of Polokwane went viral the day after the attack, causing many South Africans to petition for the death penalty.

The reason for the attack remains unclear. Another video has reportedly surfaced of a student admitting his involvement in the attack, saying “nothing will happen to [him] because [his] father is connected.”

Timeline of Thoriso Themane’s case

February 24: Thoriso Themane’s body found in Flora Park, Polokwane. The death appears to be mob-related

February 26: Five minors arrested in connection with Themane’s murder. Video footage of the group dragging Themane’s body through the streets surfaces.

February 27: Father of one of the accused talks to the press. The retired policeman said he “didn’t send [his] son to do crime.”

March 2: Minister of Police Bheki Cele speaks at Themane’s funeral service.

March 11: Three adult suspects appear in court. Charges against Russia Chabangu, 36, are withdrawn. Two suspects, 35-year-old Choene Maleka, and 36-year-old Albert Mothapo were granted bail of R1 000 each. Themane’s brother says he is disappointed in the justice system.

March 14: Seven minors connected to the murder appear in the Children’s Court. They are denied bail and their formal bail application is postponed until 22 March.

April 2: Minors’ bail application postponed until April 3. Two adult suspects’ case postponed until 31 May.

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