A thirty-five-year-old man was released on R3 000 bail after he allegedly sexually assaulted his tenant. According to the complainant, she was in her rental place in Zwelisha, Verulam, when her landlord, Mzwandile Mkhwanazi, grabbed her buttocks.

She reported the matter to the police and the suspect was arrested.  Mkwanazi, in a bid to get bail, prepared a sworn statement, which was read by his defence lawyer, Mr Mondli Mthethwa, from Legal Aid South Africa.  Mthethwa submitted that his client had one previous conviction of robbery.  He was due to be released in 2021 but was paroled in October 2018.  He had no pending cases.  Mthethwa maintained that the bail applicant was not a flight risk as he had no travelling documents. Mthethwa argued that Mkhwanazi would not interfere with the state witnesses or the police investigations as he had shown by not breaching any of his parole conditions.  The public defender suggested that the accused be released on bail of R500.  The money he would raise from his tenants' rent and would relocate to his alternative address in KwaMashu.

The state prosecutor, Ms Winile Mlangeni, did not oppose bail but called the investigating officer to testify.  Warrant Officer Danny Pillay, a seasoned ivestigator with 29 years of experience, told the court that he did not oppose bail as Mkhwanazi had not breached his parole conditions and was not a danger to state witnesses.

In ruling, Magistrate Vera Alamchand considered the bail applicant's personal circumstances, the seriousness of the offence and the interest of society.  "There's no evidence to suggest that you will not stand trial as you have no similar history and you did not breach your parole conditions", she commented.  The court was satisfied that he will not interfere with state witnesses or the police investigations. 

The magistrate set bail at R3 000 and adjourned the matter to 06 December 2018.  Mkhwanazi was ordered to relocate to KwaMashu and report to the KaMashu police station every Monday and Friday.  "Don't enter the Zwelisha area until the matter is finalised", ordered Alamchand.

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