Tempers flare as five accused appear in court on murder rap

    Emotions ran high when an angry Grahamstown magistrate cleared the court just before five men – one a Rhodes University #FeesMustFall activist – were scheduled to make a bail application for the alleged torture and murder of a local man.

    NO BAIL: A group of protesters picketing outside the Grahamstown Magistrate’s Court yesterday during the appearance of a local #FeesMustFall activist and four others arrested on allegations of murder
    NO BAIL: A group of protesters picketing outside the Grahamstown Magistrate’s Court yesterday during the appearance of a local #FeesMustFall activist and four others arrested on allegations of murder

    The accused, who include well-known student activist Thembani “Zion” Onceya, 28, and two of his brothers, watched in disbelief as magistrate Ntsoki Moni instructed orderlies to clear the public gallery and lock the door after a cellphone rang unanswered while she was speaking.

    Just before the court was cleared, the packed gallery was warned by a court orderly to turn off their mobile phones.

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