Orkney – Jailed African National Congress (ANC) MP Sibusiso Kula, who is accused of the brutal murder of his 31-year-old wife, Jennifer Motlhomi, was on Tuesday denied bail by the Orkney Magistrates Court, in the North West.
The 34-year-old MP will be held in custody until his next court appearance on 24 February 2023 to allow for further police investigations.
Police reports reveal that Motlhomi was found dead on 27 November 2022, in what investigators said at the time seemed like a robbery gone horribly wrong and violent.
She was found with a stab wound on her back but the object that was used for her alleged murder has not been recovered.
The accused allegedly transported his wife to a medical facility, where she was declared dead.
The MP told the police that he was not present at his home when the murder occurred.
However, after further investigations police said evidence pointed to the young MP as the murder suspect. He was arrested on Friday, 20 January 2023,
Commenting on the court’s decision to deny the accused bail, Henry Mamothame, North West NPA spokesperson said: “The NPA [National Prosecuting Authority] welcomes this judgment and hopes investigations will be completed speedily for a trial to commence”.
Mamothame added: “Further to this, an application will be made at a later stage with the Director of Public Prosecutions in North West, for the matter to be transferred to a higher court, owing to its serious nature.”
Kula has registered his intention to appeal the judgment denying him bail.
Police investigations are continuing.
Rights bodies, the ANC, and Economic Freedom Fighters have been calling on the court to deny the accused bail.