The case relating to the murder of nine-year-old Sadia Sookraj has been moved to the Durban High Court where the state is expected to call 33 witnesses.
Sadia’s father, Shailendra Sookraj will be among the witnesses, as well as several Shallcross community members, medical practitioners and police investigators.
At the Durban Magistrate’s Court last Thursday, prosecutor Sipho Mhlongo read the indictment into the record before handing it to Magistrate Vanita Armoo.
The only suspect in the matter, Sibonelo Mkhize (35) will appear in the High Court in Durban on 19 November.
He faces charges of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances. His alleged accomplice Siyabonga Bulose was killed as the duo attempted to flee the crime scene. Mkhize was nabbed by an off-duty police officer a short distance from the home of Sadia’s grandparents. Sadia and her father had stopped at her grandparents’ shortly before she headed to school. Reports indicate that this is when Mkhize and Bulose pounced, robbing and hijacking her father, Shailendra. “They were armed and demanded the car keys from her father at gunpoint. He threw the keys at them and they boarded the vehicle.
“Whilst both were fleeing the scene with his daughter inside, he (Shailendra) fired several gunshots toward the driver with his licensed firearm,” court papers said. Mhlongo said that the accused acted in the furtherance of a common purpose, which was to commit the crimes set out in the indictment.
Mkhize is due to appear before the High Court on 19 November.