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Former Acting Judge Targeted in Family Feud: Bail Denied for Suspects in Attempted Murder Case

Published February 27, 2024
4 months ago

In a gripping courtroom showdown, the East London Magistrate's Court heard the case of three individuals implicated in the attempted assassination of former acting judge, Camagu Maseti, which has shocked the community and highlighted familial tensions turned violent. Magistrate Merwin Meyer firmly denied bail to Sive and Sinovuyo Maseti, alongside their alleged accomplice and getaway driver, Fikile Mtshemla.

The reasoning behind the bail denial stemmed from the strength of the case presented by the state, as well as concerns for the victim's safety. The 70-year-old attorney, now fighting for his life in a critical care unit, was reportedly the target of his nephews over a festering family dispute dating back two years. The depth of their animosity was made clear when Magistrate Meyer cited a grave desecration concern as a potential motive for the attack.

Details emerged of a meticulous and cold-blooded attempt on Maseti’s life. Surveillance footage nearby Maseti’s law firm in Vincent chillingly captured the moment of the attack, executed with chilling precision as two assailants, one masquerading as a police officer and the other clad in a reflective vest, inflicted Maseti with multiple gunshot wounds.

The serious charges laid out against the accused include conspiracy to commit murder, illegal firearms possession, and ammunition charges, raising the spectre of life imprisonment. An additional accusing finger was pointed at one suspect, identified as Mjali, for the offense of impersonating a law enforcement officer.

An alarming piece of evidence came to light during the hearing: WhatsApp evidence suggesting a premeditated crime. The prosecution detailed how Mtshemla reportedly received a photograph of Maseti from Sinovuyo prior to the attack, and communications from Mjali to his co-accused confirming the completion of their heinous task.

The drama within the courtroom foreshadows an intense legal battle to come. The remaining suspects, Shezi and Mjali, waived their right to bail hearings, setting the stage for all five to return to court on April 16. Firmly standing by their claims of innocence, they intend to plead not guilty, leaving South Africa bracing for a high-stakes trial that keeps the communities of East London and beyond waiting with bated breath for justice to be served.


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