• All Share : 49386.71
    UP 0.20%
    Top 40 : 3488.52
    UP 0.33%
    Financial 15 : 15386.63
    DOWN -0.69%
    Industrial 25 : 61813.16
    UP 0.05%

  • ZAR/USD : 11.6012
    UP 0.44%
    ZAR/GBP : 18.1112
    UP 0.10%
    ZAR/EUR : 14.1941
    ZAR/JPY : 0.0970
    DOWN -0.07%
    ZAR/AUD : 9.4285
    DOWN -0.07%

  • Gold : 1196.4500
    UP 0.02%
    Platinum : 1197.5000
    DOWN -0.04%
    Silver : 16.0190
    UP 1.07%
    Palladium : 803.5000
    UP 1.84%
    Brent Crude Oil : 60.570
    UP 2.19%

  • All data is delayed by 15 min. Data supplied by I-Net Bridge
    Hover cursor over this ticker to pause.

Fri Dec 19 19:26:43 CAT 2014

Three appear in court for homophobic killing

Sapa | 15 November, 2012 14:37

Image by: Gallo Images/Thinkstock

Three men have appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court for allegedly killing a gay man, Gauteng police said on Thursday.

Maxwell Nyathi, Mthokozisi Ndlovu and Bekithemba Maseko appeared in court on Monday, Brigadier Neville Malila said.

The matter was postponed to December 10 for further investigation. They remained in custody.

They were arrested in Yeoville on Friday and Saturday in connection with the murder of Barney van Heerden in Norwood in September 2011.

"The evidence that we have linked them to the murder," Malila said.

On Thursday, The Star and Eyewitness News reported that Van Heerden's murder was one of eight gay killings in Gauteng that a provincial police task team was investigating.

The killers apparently gained the trust of their victims. Once invited to their homes, they killed and robbed them. According to the newspaper, rights groups had claimed for the past year that the sexual orientation of the victims resulted in lax investigations.

Malila disputed this and said there were convictions in related cases.

"The police are viewing crimes against minority groups in a serious light, and will do everything in their power to pursue justice in these cases."

He said out of eight cases there had been two convictions, although not for murder. Two men were serving sentences after they were found in possession of items belonging to two other gay men killed in 2010 and 2011.

"In the Soweto murder of Siphiwe Nhlapo, in September 2011, the accused was convicted and is currently serving a sentence of 15 years' imprisonment for the possession of stolen property," Malila said.

"In the Parkview murder case of Manilos Veloudes, in April 2010, the suspect has been sentenced to three years' imprisonment for the possession of stolen property."

Malila said the killings were still being investigated.


If you have an opinion you would like to share on this article, please send us an e-mail to the Times LIVE iLIVE team. In the mean time, click here to view the Times LIVE iLIVE section.