Wernich Botha murder case postponed to January

Wernich Botha murder case postponed to January

The Klerksdorp Magistrate's Court  has postponed the murder case against Wernich Botha to 15 January.  

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Botha was arrested after a video went viral on social media showing him allegedly assaulting Hilton Pretorius and PW Roos in a parking area of a shopping centre in Klerksdorp in September.

The 33-year-old was initially charged with attempted murder, but the state altered the charge to murder.

"The charge of assault with intention to do grievous bodily harm was also altered to attempted murder after the state reviewed the injuries sustained by Roos, who was also allegedly assaulted by the accused," said Natiopnal Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Henry Mamothame.

"His charges have now been changed to a schedule 5, however, the court has retained his bail status of R2000 and ordered him not to interfere with the state’s witnesses."

Police have urged the public to refrain from circulating the video as it may tamper with investigations.


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