By: Natasha Archary
Babita Deokaran’s murder case was postponed this Monday to 1 and 5 October to give the defence counsel more time for consultation. Six men are accused of the murder of the Gauteng health department’s whistleblower and face charges ranging from murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
Zita Hadebe, Nhlangano Ndlovu, Sanele Mbele, Phakamani Hadebe, Phakanyiswa Dladla and Siphiwe Mazibuko are accused of killing Babita outside her home, in Mondeor, south of Johannesburg last month.
Deokaran was a key witness in the Special Investigating Unit’s probe into the R300-million protective personal equipment tender fraud in the department.
“The defence indicated in court that they were unable to consult with their client hence a request for a further postponement. And the matter has been set down for two days for the first and the fifth of October 2021 for the bail application to resume. We are prepared and this gives us even more time to do thorough preparation going into the bail application process.”