Murder-accused denied bail

An East London informal trader was denied bail in the East London Magistrate’s Court for allegedly killing his friend while they were in his flat in Quigney on Saturday.
Sivuyile Maluna cut a lonely figure as he sat in the packed East London bail court while the investigating officer in the case, sergeant Mbulelo Matyeni, gave evidence on how Maluna allegedly stabbed his friend after the two had finished drinking two beers and a bottle of wine.
The identity of the deceased is being withheld as his next of kin has yet to be informed. It was revealed that Maluna, accompanied by a family member, handed himself over at the East London Fleet Street police station, on Sunday.Matyeni said the suspect might evade his trial should he be granted bail, adding that he could interfere with investigations as his girlfriend is allegedly the only witness in the case.
“The post-mortem report and photo album is still outstanding. The state is of the view that the witness is known to the suspect, she is his girlfriend and he will intimidate and influence the witnesses with the investigation.”
East London magistrate judge Joel Ceasar postponed the matter to December 10 for further investigation...

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