Viviers awaits trial date

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Johannesburg - The man accused of murdering a Muslim during a fight was expected to appear in the Johannesburg High Court on Monday, where a trial date was to be set.

Roedolf Viviers, 28, and another man Zayne van Tonder, 33, allegedly made racist remarks to Muhammad Fayaaz Kazi and his friend Anser Mahmood and referred to their beards at a Chicken Licken outlet in Magaliesburg on August 6, 2012.

A fight ensued and Kazi was severely beaten and died in hospital.

The prosecution said Kazi had sustained injuries on his ears, eyes, nose and upper lip. He also had a fractured skull and his pancreas was damaged.

Charges against Van Tonder were dropped in November.

The National Prosecuting Authority said there was not enough evidence linking him to the incident.

Meanwhile, Viviers has been trying to get bail since last year.

Magistrate Reginald Dama denied him bail for a second time in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court last Tuesday.

“The applicant failed dismally to prove to this court that it would be in the interest of justice to release him on bail. Bail is therefore denied,” Dama said at the time. - Sapa

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