Pretoria - The Pretoria Magistrate's Court is on Monday expected to make a ruling on the bail application made by two men businessmen accused of working with Mamelodi's alleged number one tsotsi, Vusi "Khekhe" Mathibela.
Elias Skhosana and Stemer Monageng will once again walk into the courtroom to a gallery of heavily armed police officers, families and friends. However, this time they’ll be hoping it’s for the last time they are brought in from court holding cells.
They were accused of working with Mathibela to extort and intimidate Mamelodi business people and taxi operators to pay protection fees for a while. The allegation was brought to the attention of Police Minister Bheki Cele in February and he promised to bust all those involved and put an end to the alleged collections.
The defence fought the National Prosecuting Authority over "acknowledged" sluggish efforts and poor communication that led to a delayed bail hearing since their clients were arrested in March 8.
They made arguments for bail to be granted to their clients last Monday but were disappointed that they needed to wait until last Friday to hear the State's arguments due the magistrate’s limited availability which the State did not communicated to them prior to proceedings.