Convicted killer appears in court for Leeuwkop prison warders murder
Earlier this week South Africa was shocked by the horrendous murder of a Leeuwkop prison warder, Eunice Moloko. Moloko was found by her husband, allegedly strangled and raped, her body hidden in a female bathroom on Tuesday evening.
The suspect, is a Durban-born inmate, Marius Nagel, 30 year old, who is currently serving an 18-year jail sentence for murder, was arrested and appeared on Wednesday in the Alexandra magistrate’s court in Johannesburg on a murder charge. The matter was postponed to August 26 in order for Nagel to get legal representation.
In 2015, Nagel was to 18 years imprisonment for the attempted murder of Neil Rose Wilson and the murder of Ella Sophia Potgieter. The department’s Singabakho Nxumalo said Nagel had a history of showing a total disregard for women.
Speaking to the media George Mokolae, Moloko’s brother in-law said the family expected the Department of Correctional Services to take accountability for their sisters death.
It’s a serial rapist,” he alleged. “How the serial rapist managed to get out of the center, where he was supposed to be locked, to that other section, we also don’t know,” said Mokolae.
Gauteng NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said Nagel was sentenced on a count of murder and another of attempted murder in November 2015 for an incident in Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal in 2014. He is currently serving 18 years at the Leeuwkop facility.
The family’s spokesperson, Reverend Peter Maruping said they welcomed the postponement because would allow them time to focus on the funeral.
The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) said there should be some form of accountability for Eunice’s death.
The union is calling for the immediate suspension of the acting area commissioner, the head of prison, and the security manager.
“The female correctional official did not get any supervisory visits for a period of 13 hours, wherein they did not know where she was, while you have got policies that stipulate that every hour there is supposed to be some form of daily registrar and supervisory visits, and of course during lunch there is supposed to be some form of relief for her,” said POPCRU spokesperson Richard Mamabolo.