The bail application hearing of murder suspect businessman Sipho Shongwe, who still stands accused of the murder of businessman and soccer administrator Victor Gamedze.
The applicant is entitled to a bail of E500.000.00. His conditions for bail are as follows; he must provide E100, 000. 00 in hard cash and provide the surety of E4000,000.00 in the form of property. The suspect was also advised to hand over his passport or passports to the Mafutseni police station. It was made clear that Sipho must not go past Ngculwini, must not cross the Lusushwana river and must not go past Matsapha, stated Judge Nkosi during today’s hearing.
“Keep away from all football activities or any other public activities excluding things in relation to the activities of the chiefdom. You should not engage people of Mbabane Swallows or members of the family of the deceased”, said Judge Nkosi. “Also, this order must be carried out without any deviation or variation. Anybody who contravenes with these conditions will face serious consequences. Sipho must also report to Mafutseni police station every Monday’s between 8 am to 4 pm”.
“There was no reason provided why I should not release the accused on bail.” There was no reason……. *
Sipho is not to apply for any other passport and should not leave the country. There is no business that he is to conduct outside the country. He will only leave the country on medical grounds which is also an emergency. Should any of this conditions be broken the court will revoke bail and be re-arrested, stated Judge Nkosi during his court hearing today, at the High Court of Eswatini.
However, the Chief Justice has said, Sipho should not be released even though he has been given the bail.