The court also says she is someone “capable” of hiding evidence, one that can assist it come up with a conclusion on the matter.
The media attention garnered around murder accused Zinhle Maditla has been cited as one of the reasons she was denied bail this week.
The danger is that when the media reports again that Maditla is given bail that “will shake public trust” in the court.
Magistrate Mdumiseni Mavuso in his judgment said despite the media attention that Maditla’s case attracted the matter also shocked the community of Klarinet, eMalahleni where the accused lived with her 4 late children who the state is alleging were killed by her on 27 December 2018.
She is charged with the murder of the kids – 8-year-old Minehle, Blessing (7), Shaniqua (3) and 1-year-old Ethen Maditla.
They were laid to rest at the Old Pretoria Memorial Park, eMalahleni in a highly emotional funeral service attended by government officials, community leaders and a string of residents at the eMalahleni civic theatre on 9 January 2019. It is believed she fed them poison and their decomposed bodies were found in the rented room on 30 December 2018 while Maditla handed herself over to cops shortly after.
The magistrate said the other reason the 25-year-old Maditla could not be given bail was because one of the state witnesses in the case is her mother. Therefore, the court doesn’t have the guarantee the two “won’t discuss the merits of the case once she is released on bail”.
Maditla also didn’t want her friend to come closer to the room where the kids were – until they were found decomposed days later, the magistrate said.
“It is clear [she] is capable of concealing evidence. Despite the fact that this case has attracted media attention, it has also shocked the community,” said Mavuso in denying the release of Maditla on bail Monday this week 24 June.
“The offence has induced shock in the community and garnered a lot of media attention. If she is granted bail, this would shake public trust in the justice system,” he said.
Maditla’s children were two boys and two girls.
(edited by MLM)
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