Kimberley - In a surprise application, double murder and kidnapping accused Zonizelo Richard Magawu on Monday applied for all charges against him to be withdrawn as he believes that the State has no evidence whatsoever against him.
Magawu and four other men - Richard Hasane, Tshame Frank Baxane, Thompson Mncedisi Mphondomisa and Matthews Legodu - are accused of the murders of DA councillor Johannes Baatjies and a family friend, Jeffrey Nouse. They are also facing charges of kidnapping, the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Baatjies and Nouse were shot execution style after they were lured to a business proposal along the side of the road between Danielskuil and Postmasburg, a day before Baatjies was to be sworn in as a councillor at Kgatelopele Municipality, on August 17, 2016.
Baatjies was kidnapped, forced into the boot of a car and shot multiple times in the head and body when he tried to escape from the moving vehicle.
Nouse was shot in the face with a 9mm pistol on the same day and was found seriously injured inside a Ford Ranger along the side of the road. He was treated at Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital in Kimberley and died on August 23, 2016.