Man accused of killing pregnant teacher to spend Christmas behind bars

todayDecember 20, 2023 338

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Bafana Mahungela will have to spend Christmas behind bars after his matter was postponed to next week Friday.
The state requested the postponement in order to finalise certain aspects of its investigations.
The 21-year-old Mahungela returned to the Alexandra Magistrate Court today for his bail hearing.
He has been charged with the murder and rape of a pregnant Johannesburg teacher, Kirsten Kluyts, during a MyRun event in October.
An autopsy report read in court has, however, suggested that the 34-year-old teacher might not have been raped.
A portion of the 11-page autopsy report revealed that no injuries such as lacerations or abrasions were observed on Kluyts’s genitalia.
It further revealed that she was more than three months pregnant and expecting a baby boy.
Mahungela’s lawyer, Advocate Itumeleng Masako, accused the detectives on the case to have done shoddy work.
Masako, who sounded annoyed, told the court that no one is safe in the country if the police can automatically link a person to a crime based on their proximity without conducting the necessary investigations.
Mahungela’s defense team maintains his innocence, saying he only stumbled on Kluyts’ body and that he’s been wrongfully prejudiced given the intense media coverage of his trial.
Defende lawyers have also argued that Mahungela’s admission of wrongdoing should warrant his release.
The 21-year-old Varsity College student as admitted to having taken Kluyts’ clothes and wearing her blue T-shirt.
He said he had touched her body and upon realising that she was dead – took the clothes to avoid his fingerprints being found on her.
“I didn’t want to be involved because I know of gender-based violence in the country. I know gender-based violence is a big thing in the country so I didn’t want to be involved. That’s why I tried to take away the clothes, because of the fingerprints and stuff”.
Kluyts’ family on the other hand says it is still struggling to come to terms with her gruesome passing.
Speaking exclusively to our sister channel, eNCA, the family said it wants justice for the 34-year-old teacher, saying it hopes the 21-year-old does not get bail.

Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa

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