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Man accused of killing Sphamandla Khoza in alleged hate crime denied bail

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Through Jolene Marriah-Maharaj 14h ago

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Durban – The man accused of killing Sphamandla Khoza in an alleged homophobic hate crime earlier this month was denied bail.

NPA KZN spokeswoman Natasha Kara said Thando Mgenge was denied bail on Wednesday in Ntuzuma Magistrates’ Court.

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“The case has been postponed until May 31 for further investigation.”

Khoza’s body was found in a ditch near his home in Ntuzuma. His throat was slit and he was stabbed several times.

Khoza’s cousin, Ndumiso Ngidi, told the Sunday Tribune that Khoza was insulted about his sexuality.

At the time of his murder, police spokesman Colonel Thembeka Mbele said that a murder case was being investigated by Ntuzuma police after Khoza’s death and that a suspect had been arrested and charged with the murder after surrendering.

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At the time of his murder, The Gay and Lesbian Network, based in Pietermaritzburg, and Durban Pride, a human rights campaign led by the LGBTI health and community center, condemned the murder and continued to call for tolerance. .

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