It’s been reported that an advocate was mobbed by an angry crowd when he traveled to rural Mpumalanga to represent two suspects who were accused of killing a three-year-old girl whose body was never found.
The advocate, Nico du Plessis wasand almost lynched by an angry crowd that assaulted him outside the Tonga Magistrate’s Court to such extent Du Plessis is reluctant about returning to debate the case in court tomorrow.
Recounting his unfortunate experience, Du Plessis explained that he was attacked because he represented and wanted to apply for bail for the two suspects.
Hear him – “I was attacked because I represented two accused in court and I wanted to apply for bail for them…I was really scared, I thought I was going to die especially when they mentioned that I would be killed…I sustained various injuries. I went to the doctor who examined me and gave me a J88 form. It shows marks around my neck where I was strangled with my tie, I have bruises and injuries due to being kicked all over my body…I don’t feel safe anymore. However, I will have to ask the police to secure the place so that I can proceed with the case.”
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Du Plessis who was representing two among the four charged with the murder of a girl who was reportedly kidnapped on the 29th of November 2015 stated that he will take legal actions against his attackers. “I am busy opening a case in Nelspruit. I will submit my statement this week to the police,” he said.
While he further related that the Director of Public Prosecutions, refused to move the case to a safer venue, Tonga police spokesperson, Lieutenant Mzwandile Nyambi, commented that the police will be at the court to ensure that Du Plessis is not attacked again.
“We will deploy more police in court to make sure that the incident doesn’t happen again. We urge residents not to take the law into their own hands,” Nyambi said.