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Seven men denied bail for Jerusalem shack murders

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Community members are aggrieved that the seven men who were arrested in connection with the Jerusalem shack murders have been denied bail. Picture Sandi Kwon Hoo

The deceased were apparently assaulted with sjamboks, an iron rod and a hammer before they succumbed to their injuries.

THE seven men who were arrested in connection with the murder of two men who were allegedly beaten to death were denied bail in the Kimberley magistrates court on Friday due to the “seriousness of the charges”.

The deceased aged 23 and 33 years old were apparently assaulted with sjamboks, an iron rod and a hammer before they succumbed to their injuries on January 3.

Community members are believed to have taken matters into their own hands as they are frustrated that the authorities are not taking the necessary steps to address regular break-ins and theft at their homes.

The deceased were interrogated and assaulted after they were suspected of breaking into a shack in Roodepan.

The accused Sam Van Rooyen, George Olifant, Mervyn Lekanyeng, Elias Seekoei, Albert Thabisho Selekolo, Ronald Ngcobo and Albert Khloge have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

There was a strong police presence outside the court building on Friday while access into the courtroom was limited as a large number of people wanted to listen to the judgment on the bail hearing.

The matter was postponed until February 7 for further investigation as well as for the outcome of the autopsy report.

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