The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) in the North West on Wednesday applauded the refusal to grant bail to a Klerksdorp man who was arrested after the decomposed body of his two-year-old daughter was discovered hidden in a ceiling.
The Civic organisation maintained that emotions are still highly charged in the community which was infuriated by the chilling murder of the victim.
“The court’s decision augurs well with the public sentiment which is opposed to the release of alleged perpetrators of violent crime and gender-based violence on bail as it undermines public confidence in the criminal justice,” remarked SANCO Provincial Chairperson, Paul Sebegoe in welcoming the decision of the court.
Sebegoe pointed out that Mokete Legodi’s safety would not have been guaranteed within the community while the matter was before court.
“His release would have driven the community that is yearning for justice to be done to take matters into their own hands. It would have driven them to desperation and extreme anger had the alleged perpetrators been released on bail to freely roam the streets,” he stressed.
The State had opposed Mokete Legodi’s bail application when he appeared in the Klerksdorp Magistrates Court on Monday arguing that he would flee due to the seriousness of the charge.
Prosecutor, advocate Riekie Krause, told the court that Legodi had been contacting the child’s mother while in prison, which indicated that he might interfere with witnesses when out on bail. Neighbours discovered the two-year-old’s body in the ceiling of Legodi’s rental home in Alabama, near Klerksdorp, after he allegedly kidnapped the child from his girlfriend’s home on 13 May 2021, while she was in hospital.
The family members who, at the time, were taking care of the child assumed he would bring back the child as he usually did. Upon inquiry, he denied taking the child, said Mamothame.
A missing persons case was opened at the Jouberton police station after the mother’s discharge from hospital, this followed a frantic search with her family that bore no results.
According to the North West National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Spokesperson Henry Mamothame, Legodi was initially charged with kidnapping after he was arrested. He was however later charged with murder after his neighbours made the gruesome discovery when investigating a foul smell coming from his house.
Legodi, who remains in police custody, is expected to be back in court on 27 October.