By Mbulelo Sisulu
Zimele Jama (48) who is accused of killing three women made a brief appearance in the Sterkspruit Magistrate Court today.
He is facing three counts of murder and one of attempted murder. It is alleged that he shot and killed three women aged between 58 and 72 year at Mbihli Village near Sterkspruit on July 29. The fourth person, a 48-year-old woman, is recovering in hospital.
It is believed he accused the women of practicing witchcraft. After shooting the women with his licenced firearm, he handed himself to the police. One of the victims is his aunt while others are his neighbours.
Mthatha Division Regional Eastern Cape spokesperson, Luxolo Tyali said,
Jama made his first court appearance on July 30 and elected to conduct his own defence.
“Today, he requested that he be represented by Legal Aid South Africa and the case was postponed to 25 August for formal bail application. The state is opposing bail,” said Tyali.