Court to rule on Jozi’s bail bid in 16-year-old Radebe murder case

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The Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court is poised to deliver a verdict in the bail application of Ntlantla Jozi, the accused in the Machaka Radebe murder case.

The 27-year-old Jozi had earlier entered a plea of not guilty. The case has been marked by emotional moments, with Jozi becoming visibly upset during cross-examination.

During the proceedings, Jozi faced the gallery and asserted that his only offence was to purchase a phone connected to the deceased.

The accused has been charged with the kidnapping and murder of 16-year-old Machaka Radebe, whose body was discovered in Phase Nine last month.

In a previous hearing, the investigating officer raised questions about Jozi’s honesty and revealed that the accused had failed to disclose crucial information. Notably, Jozi failed to mention that the person who sold him the phone linked to Radebe had previously bought his car.

The officer further implicated Jozi by stating that he was connected to the area where Radebe’s body was found and had used her phone a day after the alleged murder.

Jozi, currently in custody, will appear again for closing arguments and the court’s judgment on the bail application.

The court proceedings have drawn attention, with various organisations and political parties advocating for the denial of bail to Jozi.

Ntlantla Jozi’s bail application ruling