Mkhatshwa and his co-accused, Philemon Lukhele and Albert Gama, are charged with the abduction, rape and murder of Gardee, the daughter of former EFF secretary-general Godrich Gardee.
She went missing on April 29 while shopping with her adopted three-year-old daughter. The daughter was later that day dropped off at Umnenke Street at KaMagugu, where they resided.
Gardee’s body, with stab wounds, boot prints and a gunshot wound, was found by timber plantation workers on May 3, about 60km outside Mbombela towards Sabie.
Lukhele and Gama are expected to start their bail application on August 8 in the same court.
They will appear together on August 22 for the drafting of an indictment.
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