Lesapo Mtebang’s Bail Application Adjourned Amidst Murder Allegations

The bail application of Lesapo Mtebang, accused in the murder case of Sikhumbuzo Makopo, took a dramatic turn at the Matatiele Magistrate Court. Mtebang, aged 43, faces charges related to the disappearance and subsequent death of Makopo, whose body was found buried near Zwelitsha Location in Matatiele Local Municipality, Eastern Cape.

During the hearing on the 18th of April 2024, Mtebang vehemently pleaded not guilty to the accusations. He emphasized his lack of familiarity with the witnesses and expressed no intention to interfere with them. Mtebang maintained that he and the deceased had a cordial relationship, refuting any evidence linking him to the crime. In his plea for bail, Mtebang highlighted his responsibilities as a provider for his children and assured the court of his compliance with legal proceedings.

Contrarily, the State argued against Mtebang’s release, citing community disapproval, the impact on the victim’s family, and Mtebang’s previous criminal history, particularly regarding firearm possession.

As tensions escalated in the courtroom, the magistrate adjourned the proceedings, postponing the bail application to the 16th of May 2024. The decision leaves the fate of Lesapo Mtebang hanging in the balance as the legal battle continues.

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