Murder case against De Aar man postponed

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The case against an 18-year-old De Aar man who allegedly murdered a family of three in the town nearly two years ago has been postponed until next month.

Dumisa Magagula made a brief appearance in the De Aar Magistrate’s Court in the Northern Cape. Community members who were present say they are unhappy with the investigation.

Sentencing was supposed to have started on Monday but was postponed after the accused legal representative recused herself from the case.

The recusal comes after the accused took an about turn and fingered others who he says were involved in the murder.

The community was outraged.

“Obviously as the community we are not happy in the handling of the case. There is a lot of evidence that was completely disregarded by the investigating officer,” says a community member.

“We are very tired that these things happen every day here in De Aar,” adds another community member.

Glenwill Makaleni, 40-years-old, his wife Gladys and their 11-year-old son, Gladwill, were found with multiple stab wounds at their home in De Aar.

The accused Magagula was working as a gardener for the family at the time.

Family members are still traumatised by what had happened.

Family member Samuel Makaleni says: “It has affected the whole family. Others are not here. I’m talking about his mother and father they are really hurt. They really struggled to cope”.

The case has been postponed to April 30 to give the accused time find to new legal representation.