10th accused in Fort Hare murder case to appear in court

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The tenth accused in the Fort Hare University murder case will appear in the Alice Magistrate’s Court in the Eastern Cape today. The university’s senior manager appeared in court briefly yesterday.

He is facing charges of murder and attempted murder. The accused will appear alongside nine co-accused in the matter.

These individuals stand accused of their alleged involvement in the murders of Fort Hare’s Fleet Manager, Petrus Roets, and the Vice Chancellor’s bodyguard, Mboneli Vesele.

National Police Commissioner Fannie Masemola and Deputy Police Minister Cassel Mathale are expected to attend the court hearing.

Provincial Police Commissioner Nomthetheleli Mene says, “It came as a shock to us because the suspect is known to us as being an official from the university. So it is the continuation of the investigation that has brought us to that point, so we are allowing the space for the investigators to get to the facts of the case, therefore, we accept what they are presenting to us for now.”

In April, Police Minister Bheki Cele commended police work in the murder cases.

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