Orkney – African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament 34-year-old Sibusiso Kula, who is accused of the murder of his 31-year-old wife, Jennifer Motlhomi, will remain behind bars after his bail hearing was adjourned.
Both the ANC and the Economic Freedom Fighters have been calling on the court to deny the accused bail.
On Friday, (27 January 2023), the Orkney Magistrate’s Court, Klerksdorp district in the North West, postponed the matter to Tuesday, (31 January 2023), for judgment of the bail application.
Police reports reveal that Kula’s wife, Motlhomi, was found murdered on 27 November 2022, in what seemed like a robbery.
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 matter was reported by the medical facility, where she was allegedly transported by the accused to receive medical attention.
At the time, the accused told the police that he was not present at his home when the incident occurred.
Following thorough investigations by the police, the MP was linked to the murder.
Kula was arrested on Friday, 20 January 2023, and charged with premeditated murder.
This week the state and the defence attorney read affidavits in their arguments.
The accused took a stand to plead his case to be granted bail.
However, the state implored the court not to grant Kula bail, as it saw no compelling circumstances to do so.
The state further argued that the offence was a Schedule 6 criminal matter – meaning the accused should only be granted bail in exceptional circumstances.
Police investigations are still under way and Kula will remain in police custody until the next court appearance.