A Nigerian has been remanded in jail by the Keimoes Magistrate Court for allegedly killing a South African Police officer and stabbing one other particular person.
34-year-old Emmanuel Okafor was alleged to have stabbed 28-year-old Constable Stefano Visagie and a second sufferer who continues to be in a hospital, on Wednesday and was arrested by the Hawks.
Okafor, who’s believed to be a neighbour to the deceased, appeared earlier than the court docket in Northern Cape on 5 prices bordering on Contravention of Refugees Act, Attempted Murder, Assault, Premeditated Murder and Obstruction of justice.
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Outside the court docket, there was heavy police presence as indignant neighborhood members protested, demanding that overseas nationals doing unlawful issues of their neighborhood ought to go away.
At the resumed listening to, Justice Spiwo Mazwi granted the state’s request for a two-month adjournment solely on the situation that samples taken from the scene of the incident would have been submitted inside that interval for forensic testing and adjourned to March 23, 2020.
The accused opted for authorized support and selected to not apply for bail at this level and was returned to custody.
The incident sparked protests by neighborhood members in Upington, greater than 40km from Keimoes the place the stabbing occurred; overseas nationals additionally suffered losses owing to the violence.
Speaking to Channels Television, one Chinemerem Emmanuel stated he was attacked and his items looted.
He defined that he’s but to reopen his enterprise as a result of he has nothing to fill up his store, alleging that the protesters looted his items.
Another Nigerian who stays within the affected province, Nnabuenyi Okeke, alleged that the protesters stormed his home which compelled him to run into his home as they threw stones and sharp objects at him, destroying his properties.