Man arrested for ex-wife’s murder at family funeral appears in court
The man accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife, Phumeza Pepeta, while she was attending her father’s funeral at the Matanzima Cemetery on Sunday appeared briefly in the Uitenhage Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.
Xolani Mkayi, 55, who appeared to have been severely beaten, staggered into court and asked that he be allowed to see a doctor.
He faces a charge of murder.
Earlier, the ANC Women’s League was outside the court where they called for Mkayi to be denied bail.
ANC Women’s League regional co-ordinator Nontombi Nama said the league was appalled and disgusted by the act.
A severely beaten Xolani Mkayi appeared briefly in the Uitenhage Magistrate's Court this morning on a murder charge. The state has indicated its intention to oppose bail as murder is a schedule 6 offence. The formal bail hearing will be on August 4.— HeraldLIVE (@HeraldPE) July 28, 2020
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“This brazen disregard for human life has become a norm in society and has left us gobsmacked,” she said.
On Monday police spokesperson Captain Gerda Swart said fighting the scourge of gender-based violence should not stop until those responsible for attacks on vulnerable women and children were arrested and sent to jail.
Pepeta was rushed to hospital after she was shot, but later died of her injuries.
Swart said Mkayi was arrested on the scene and a firearm seized.
His formal bail hearing will be on August 4. Mkayi will remain in custody until then.
The #ANCWL is outside the Uitenhage magistrate's court where they are calling for Xolani Mkayi to be denied bail. Mkayi is accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife, Phumeza Pepeta, while she attended her father's funeral at the Matanzima Cemetery.— HeraldLIVE (@HeraldPE) July 28, 2020
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