Six teens will be kept in jail over Thoriso Themane murder
The school pupils arrested in connection with the fatal beating of aspirant musician Thoriso Themane have been remanded in custody until their case resumes in seven days.
The teens, aged 15 and 16, made a brief appearance behind closed doors in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Thursday.
Five pupils were arrested after the weekend assault on Themane. A sixth suspect was arrested on Thursday morning. More arrests are believed to be imminent.
Limpopo MEC for transport and community safety, Makoma Makhurupetje, said the case was being given priority by law enforcement. A task team headed by the police has been instituted to tackle crime in the province. This comes as a petition and a social media campaign have been launched to ensure justice following the murder, allegedly by a teenage gang.
Police minister Bheki Cele is expected to attend the funeral of Themane, 27. Details of this are not yet confirmed.
Community members gathered outside the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court on February 28 2019 to demand justice for slain Thoriso Themane. Six school pupils, arrested in connection with the fatal beating of the aspirant musician, appeared briefly in court, before being remanded in custody until their case resumes in seven days.