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Masses gathered outside the courthouse earlier today to protest against the ongoing scourge of gender-based violence crimes in the city and surrounding areas, calling for justice to take its course.

Deacon murder case to resume on 25 September

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The two accused in the murder trial of Lizette Deacon and her mom, Hettie, appeared in the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court today.

Advance Amid (30) and Casper Mudau (35) , both Zimbabwean nationals, face charges of murder, two counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances and a charge of contravening the immigration law. A charge of kidnapping will in all likelihood be added.

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The deceased, Lizette and Hettie were attacked and abducted from their townhouse in Welgelegen on Thursday afternoon. A manhunt was launched, police gave chase and one suspect was forced off the road along the R37 road between Polokwane and Lebowakgomo. The suspect fled on foot and the bodies of the women were found in the vehicle. Both women had sustained several stab wounds.

Amid and his co-accused, Mudau were arrested on Sunday, in Mookgophong and Polokwane, respectively.  Today in court they were remanded in custody and their case postponed to Friday, 25 September.

Outside the courtroom, masses gathered to protest against the ongoing scourge of gender-based violence crimes in the city and surrounding areas, calling for justice to take its course.

Story: Umpha Manenzhe