Bafana Mahungela’s case postponed to May

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The case of a man charged with the murder of Johannesburg teacher Kirsten Kluyts has been postponed to May the tenth in the Alexandra Magistrates Court, north of Johannesburg.

Bafana Mahungela and his lawyer were not present in court this morning. Mahungela is accused of killing Kluyts whose body was found near George Lea Park in Sandton in October 2023.

The 21-year-old accused was arrested at the Varsity College students’ residence in Sandton in December 2023. He faces additional charges of rape and aggravated robbery.

Lawyer Tristan Moodley stood in for Mahungela’s lawyer, ” The matter was transferred or postponed for purposes of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) decision, meaning it is postponed to the 10th of May. I was informed that the DPP has the docket in the matter now, so they would be handling this matter going ahead.”

Murder-accused Bafana Mahungela denied bail:

At this stage, I’m unsure but I will get to seek further clarifications from the prosecutor on the matter. Today, there is another prosecutor standing in for him this morning. So, we were supposed to issue our response and the state was supposed to issue their response today to the defence and to the appeal, that’s as far as I can take it.”

The 34-year-old English teacher at Delta Park High School was murdered at the George Lea Recreational Park in Parkmore, Sandton in October.

Kluyts, who was pregnant at the time, had been taking part in a local sporting event.

Post-mortem results show Kluyts was killed using an unknown blunt force object, strangled and had pressure applied to her neck. He has denied killing Kluyts.