Diepsloot murder accused claims cops lured him to police station

One of the accused in the Diepsloot mob killings has claimed that he was lured to the police station under the false pretense of being offered employment.

The accused, who cannot be named at this stage, are currently applying for bail in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court, facing charges of kidnapping, murder, attempted murder, and assault to cause grievous bodily harm.

According to the accused’s lawyer, Jimmy Baloyi, there is no evidence against his clients.

The accused himself claimed that he received a call on 4 December, informing him that he had secured employment as a driver.

He was instructed to bring his professional driving permit and meet at the Diepsloot police station.

However, upon arrival, he was informed that he was being arrested for his alleged involvement in the killings.

One of the victim killed in Diepsloot mob justice attack

One of the seven victim of the mob justice attack

He vehemently denied any knowledge or involvement in the crimes, stating that he was at home with his family at the time.

“I went there and was told that I [was being] arrested for taking part in the killing of seven people. I told the police I don’t know anything about those murders,” the accused said during his bail application.

He also expressed his intention to plead not guilty and claimed to have evidence supporting his alibi.

The community of Diepsloot was shaken by the mob violence that took place on 1 and 2 December, where seven young men were rounded up, severely assaulted, and set on fire.

The victims were accused of being criminals terrorizing the area.


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