The body of Mondli Majola, one of the victims slain during the unrest in Phoenix, will be exhumed, according to the Verulam Magistrate’s Court in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. The reason for his death is being questioned.
The attorneys for Dylan and Ned Govender, as well as Jeetendra Jaikissoon, who are suspected of his murder, have requested that their clients be present for the exhumation. Majola’s remains will be excavated next week, according to SABC News, due to a dispute over the cause of his death.
According to the autopsy report, the 19-year-old was stabbed to death rather than dying from gunshot wounds. During cross-examination, investigating officer Siphosenkosi Shezi informed the Verulam Magistrate’s Court that the Eastern Cape High Court and the Department of Environmental Affairs had granted permission to exhume Mondli Majola’s body.
At the time of his death, Majola was residing in Amatoti, Inanda, but he was buried at his family’s house in Flagstaff, Eastern Cape. The defense of the murder suspects requested that an expert representative of their clients attend the exhumation because the state is seeking evidence against them.
The presence of the representative, according to SABC News, is to ensure that there is no foul play during the procedure. The accused brothers Dylan and Ned Govender and Jeetendra Jaikissoon face charges of murder and attempted murder. Their bail application is still being considered by the court.