Alleged Klerksdorp Brothel Owner Abandons Bail Application

Charles Chukwukere Okopie had a change of mind during his bail application at the Klerksdorp Magistrate's court today.

The Nigerian man alleged to be the mastermind behind the brothel where 26 women, including young children were rescued in December late 2016, abandoned his bail application during his court appearance at the Klerksdorp Magistrate’s Court today.

According to Hawks spokesperson, Tlangelani Rikhotso, the man known as Charles Chukwukere Okopie had a change of mind halfway during his bail proceedings in court.

Rikhotso says though Okopie did not state the reasons, he did mention that he would perhaps reapply for bail at a later stage. He is scheduled to appear again in court on 20 February 2017.

Rikhotso says she believes that he might have realized the tightness of the case against him and decided to bow out- however, this cannot be said with certainty as it is not something the suspect said himself.

Meanwhile, Rikhotso also confirmed that there are new leads as to who else might have been involved as the runners of the brothel.

For purposes of the not jeopardizing ongoing investigations, Rikhotso could not comment further.

She also adds that the women who were rescued are at a safe home and are being administered to by the Department of Social Development.

Pulane Choane/BloemfonteinCourant