Bail attempt by suspect in Nateniël Julies murder blocked due to busy magistrate

Sgt Vorster Netshiongolo, the third suspect in the murder, wanted to be released based on 'new facts'

29 October 2020 - 12:40
Vorster Netshiongolo appeared at the Protea magistrate's court on October 29 2020 in connection with the murder of Nateniël Julies in Eldorado Park. The matter was postponed to December 1 2020.
Vorster Netshiongolo appeared at the Protea magistrate's court on October 29 2020 in connection with the murder of Nateniël Julies in Eldorado Park. The matter was postponed to December 1 2020.
Image: Sebabatso Mosamo/Sunday Times

The bail bid by one of the three suspects in the murder of Eldorado Park teenager Nateniël Julies could not proceed on Thursday.

Sgt Vorster Netshiongolo, the third suspect in the murder, wanted to be released based on “new facts”.

But the Protea magistrate’s court in Soweto heard that the magistrate handling the case was dealing with urgent matters in Johannesburg.

State prosecutor Mzwandile Mrwabe told the court that he was not aware of the new facts that were expected to be presented.

Mrwabe said he met the defence team in chambers and asked for details in advance - but “up until now we are not aware of those new facts”.

He told the court that the state was “looking at the future”, and they needed the details to avoid prolonging the matter.

Netshiongolo's newly appointed lawyer, Onke Maseti, argued that he made it “clear” that he was not going to provide the state with details of the bail application containing the new facts.

“I made it clear [that] if something needs to be verified then the state will be given an opportunity to do so,” he told the court.

However, magistrate Ndivhuwo Sethusha told Maseti that he was “shooting himself in the leg” by not providing the state with details.

Sethusha said if the defence did not provide the state with the details, the matter would not be brought to finality at the next court appearance. She advised Maseti to provide the state with the details to avoid the matter being prolonged.

Netshiongolo, who was clad in formal attire, sat quietly in the dock. He held a few A4 pages in his hand.

Julies’ mother Bridgette Harris sat in the front row of the packed court. She was clad in a black T-shirt which had “#Saymyname, I am Nateniël, you are Nateniël, we are Nateniël,” written on it in white.

His father and stepfather sat in the same row.

Bridgette Harris, Nateniël Julies's mother, at the Protea magistrate's court where accused Vorster Netshiongolo appeared briefly on Thursday. The matter was postponed to December 1.
Bridgette Harris, Nateniël Julies's mother, at the Protea magistrate's court where accused Vorster Netshiongolo appeared briefly on Thursday. The matter was postponed to December 1.
Image: Sebabatso Mosamo/Sunday Times

Netshiongolo made the application in the same court a few weeks ago. During his last appearance on October 15, the matter was halted as the court did not have running water, forcing it to close.

Netshiongolo, who was not present that day after a miscommunication between the department of correctional services and the prosecution, had also changed his legal representation.

Sgt Scorpion Simon Ndyalvane, Const Caylene Whiteboy and Netshiongolo were denied bail on September 28 in connection with the murder of 16-year-old Julies.

Ndyalvane and Whiteboy were charged with premeditated murder, defeating the ends of justice, discharging a firearm in a public space and unlawful possession of ammunition.

They are accused of shooting and killing Julies on August 26 before rushing him to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto.

Netshiongolo was charged with being an accessory to murder after the fact, defeating the ends of justice, possession of prohibited ammunition and of being an accessory after the fact.

The matter was postponed to December 1.

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