Murder accused’s bail application delayed

    A Rhodes University #feesmustfall activist and four other men accused of the brutal murder of a Grahamstown man will have to wait until Monday to make a formal bail application.

    Wellknown poet and community activist Thembani “Zion Eyes” Onceya, 28,  is a thirdyear  Bachelor of Arts student, his two brothers and the others appeared briefly in a packed court today.

    Thembani "Zion Eyes" Onceya
    Thembani “Zion Eyes” Onceya

    The other accused Akhona Onceya, 28, Simakele Onceya, 22, Sizwe Gqotholo, 29, and Mzwanele Maki, 25, were arrested last week for the alleged murder of Thembelani Qwakanisa, 29. Qwakanisa’s battered body was found wrapped in a carpet in a township dam two weeks ago.

    Onceya handed himself over to police the next day and was arrested. Attorney Mathew Mpahlwa, who is representing Gqotholo, handed documents to the court requesting his client be sent for 30 days mental observation after it emerged he had spent long periods of time in recent years undergoing psychiatric treatment at local hospitals.

    The court was packed with family and student friends of Onceya. Many others were unable to attend the hearing as the court was too full.

    Magistrate Ntsoki Moni ordered that Gqotholo be held in custody in the hospital section at Waainek  Prison until a bed became available in a psychiatric hospital for him to undergo one.months mental observation.

    Local attorney Basil Williams represented Thembani Onceya while the other three accused were represented by the Legal Aid board. Williams requested a little time to gather evidence and Moni postponed the bail application until Monday


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