A man suspected of killing the son of South Africa's Defence Minister's Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula shook uncontrollably when he appeared in a magistrate's court in Johannesburg, the News24 sites reports.
Carlos Higuera, 24, faced a murder charge after he was arrested on Saturday for allegedly stabbing to death 23-year-old Chumani Nqakula. Read report below:
Johannesburg - The man suspected of killing Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula's son Chumani, shook uncontrollably when he appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Monday afternoon.Carlos Higuera, 24, faced a murder charge after he was arrested on Saturday for allegedly stabbing to death 23-year-old Chumani Nqakula.Higuera, a first time offender, told the court he was an acquaintance of Nqakula. The slightly-built Higuera, who had clear bruise marks on his head, was wearing an ill-fitting green striped jersey and blue jeans.Magistrate Albertus Roux questioned Higuera about the bruising, to which he replied repeatedly "they had injured me".Higuera later explained he had sustained an injury to his head and body when he was attacked on the night of the stabbing by two men - one of them being Nqakula.Roux asked Higuera if he needed to be sent to a hospital for medical assessment and his lawyer, Bornwise Tshabalala, explained that he had received adequate medical assistance in the prison where he was detained.