Two suspects in the Isaac Davids (Fokon Bastard) murder case were on Tuesday further remanded in custody by Molepolole Senior Magistrate, Lindiwe Makgoro.
The defence attorneys for the duo, Sesupo Masaka representing the 1st accused Jabulani Dube (32) and Mishingo Jeremia representing the 2nd accused Mokgalimi Keoikantse Malea (34) told the court that they cannot apply for bail now, so as to allow the prosecution to wrap up their investigations in the next 14 days.
Jeremia added that they agreed with the prosecution that they will later on forward the matter to Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) for further instruction on the case.
“We have no objection to that, therefore there is no need to call upon the investigating officer to brief the court about how far they are with the investigations,” he added saying he is concerned about the media reports on the case where witnesses were interviewed while the matter is still before the courts and investigations into the matter were still ongoing.
“Those who attend the courts should learn to respect the courts and allow the law to be practised. The matter is tried before the courts, not in radios or newspapers,” stated the concerned attorney.
Furthermore, the prosecutor, Letlhakeng Police Station Commander, Daniel Katse, pleaded with the court to make an order that prohibits media houses from publishing or reporting on cases before the courts and that nobody should consult the accused whilst incarcerated without permission from the prosecution.
Magistrate Makgoro made an appeal to all media houses to know their boundaries and to also respect the courts.
The accused men’s next mention is on February 13th, 2018.
They are currently facing a single charge of murder.
The deceased, Isaac Davids was a Member of Parliament for Mochudi East and the accused were his farm employees who allegedly knifed him to death during a quarrel that ensued at a drinking place in Sorilatholo village in the Kweneng District earlier this month.