Miguel Louw: Bheki Cele vows to revoke bail for accused
Police minister Bheki Cele revealed that authorities would move to revoke the bail of Mohammed Ebrahim‚ the man accused of the murder of Miguel Louw.
Cele was speaking at a memorial service for the murdered Sydenham boy at his school‚ Rippon Road Primary‚ on Friday.
Louw had disappeared on July 17 and had last been seen in the company of Ebrahim‚ a butcher and colleague of his mother.
His decomposed body was found in Phoenix‚ a stone's throw from Ebrahim’s family home‚ last week.
The 43-year-old was arrested three days after the schoolboy vanished‚ and several days before the body was found had been remitted on bail‚ although he was never released because no one could post the R2‚500 bond.
“We are glad that somebody is in the hands of the police. The person is still not out of prison because he could not pay but I am told my officers will be in a position to challenge [the granting of bail] because of the strength of the case they have‚” Cele said.
“The person [Ebrahim] was known to the family and he was no stranger to them‚ this makes my point‚” he added.
Cele said that parents should take extreme care in monitoring who plays an active role in the lives of their children.
“Each time you hear these stories [it appears these] children who perish at the hands of people they know‚” he said.
“Parents must have extra vigilance in allowing family friends‚ even relatives‚ to have access to children. We need to enhance the preventative measures which we put in place. We need to teach the gospel of extra vigilance when it comes to matters of children‚” he said.
Louw’s funeral is expected to be held in Sydenham tomorrow.