Pretoria - Three of the five men accused of assaulting Jacob Sono and his wife Dudu at a fast food drive-through were denied bail in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Magistrate Motlhoki Rapulana remanded Stephen Nel, 39, Joshua Scholtz, 21, and 21-year-old Dicky Junior van Rooyen, citing the seriousness of the charges they faced and the public outcry which followed the much publicised incident which took place at a KFC drive-through in Pretoria north earlier this month.

Nel, Scholtz, and Van Rooyen are charged, together with 23-year-old Marius Harding and 20-year-old Ockert Muller. 

Harding, previously abandoned his bail application. He was not in court on Wednesday. Muller was previously granted R5 000 bail.

The five are facing charges of attempted murder, assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, and the pointing a firearm. 

State witnesses - two police officers - previously testified in the bail application bid that the five had acted in common purpose and that the attack was racially motivated.

The attack was captured on cellphone video and the clip went viral on social media earlier this month. There was a public outcry leading to the arrest of the five men.