South Africa: After the death of a German: the court examines bail applications

Before the start of the process in the case of a killed tourist from Fulda, the court in South Africa still has to decide on bail applications from two suspects.

South Africa: After the death of a German: the court examines bail applications

Before the start of the process in the case of a killed tourist from Fulda, the court in South Africa still has to decide on bail applications from two suspects. A spokeswoman for the National Law Enforcement Agency (NPA), Monica Nyuswa, told the German Press Agency on Wednesday.

The NPA initially did not announce the postponement of the start of the trial planned for Tuesday. The men, aged between 25 and 38, appeared at the district court in the small town of Kabokweni in the north-east of the country on Tuesday morning, according to the NPA. The court did not question the alleged perpetrators, but ordered a bail hearing for two of the suspects for February 16, Nyuswa said. The three suspects are therefore in custody until then. For one of the three men, an application for release on bail had already been rejected a few weeks ago.

On October 3, the three suspects are said to have attacked the 67-year-old from Fulda and three other Germans on the way to a safari lodge in the famous Kruger National Park in the north-east of the country. When the tourists refused to get out of the car and locked the doors shortly before the Numbi entrance to the national park, one of the perpetrators opened fire on the driver, police said. The 67-year-old died. The three suspects are charged with murder, attempted murder and attempted kidnapping. The case drew national attention.

Although South Africa is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa, it also has a high crime rate. Last year, the number of violent crimes in the country with around 60 million inhabitants rose again. According to government figures, more than 7,000 people were killed between the beginning of July and the end of September alone.

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