Johannesburg – A lawyer has withdrawn from representing one of the men facing rape and murder charges after allegedly attacking two couples at Rhodes Park in Kensington in October, the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court heard.
On Wednesday afternoon, 24-year-old Thabo Nkala said he had told the court on a previous occasion that he could not afford to pay for a lawyer.
This was after prosecutor, Colleen Ryan, told the court Nkala’s legal representative had opted to withdraw from the matter.
Nkala, who had shaved off his dreadlocks and was smartly dressed in a formal white shirt and black trousers, was appearing for the first time with his co-accused, Admore Ndlovu, 22, who wore a navy blue and gold golf shirt and beige pants.
The matter was postponed to February 8 for further investigation. Both would be represented by a Legal Aid lawyer.
In October, a gang of 12 men allegedly attacked two couples who had gone to the park after a church service in central Johannesburg.
They accosted the couples and beat the two men. They stripped the men and tied their hands and feet with their clothes before throwing them in the lake where they drowned.
One of the women was raped while the other escaped without any physical harm.
Nkala and Ndlovu were arrested in October and November respectively, they have been provisionally charged with two counts of murder, two counts of rape as well as aggravated robbery.
It is understood that both men have not applied for bail because they entered South Africa illegally.