No bail for Fleurs’ alleged killers

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The six men arrested in connection with the murder of Kaizer Chiefs footballer Luke Fleurs remain behind bars after their application for bail was refused.

The 24-year-old Fleurs was shot dead early last month during a hijacking on the West Rand. Fleurs was in a Volkswagen Golf 8 GTi at a petrol station on the corner of 14de Laan and Hendrik Potgieterweg, when the armed men attacked him.

They threatened Fleurs with a weapon, forced him out of his vehicle and then shot him once in the upper body. One of the attackers drove away with Fleurs’ vehicle, while his accomplices followed in a BMW.

Fleurs apparently tried to grab the vehicle’s door, after which one of the hijackers opened fire on him.

He was with friends who were in the convenience store at the time.

Ndumiso Moswane (26), Fernando Sive (25), Nhlakanipho Dlamini (21), Franky Xaba (25), Maredi Mphahlele (36) and Thembinkosi Hlomikhawu (31) were arrested about a week later in Slovoville after the investigation team received information about Fleurs’ followed vehicle.

The men are facing charges of murder, robbery and obstruction of justice, among other things.

Phindi Mjonondwane, spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority in Gauteng, says the application for bail that was turned down is an indication of the authorities’ determination to hold the perpetrators accountable.

“It could have posed a significant danger to our witnesses to release them on bail,” says Mjonondwane.

“Our priority is to protect the community and ensure that justice is done.”