Bloemfontein DJ’s murder suspect case postponed

"Say No to Gun Violence", a campaign inspired by Thato "DJ BlueBoy Bond"Booysen's killing. Image: FACEBOOK

The case of slain local DJ, Thato “Blueboy Bond” Booysen, has been postponed to 2 December 2016. The suspect, Lehlohonolo Moloele, appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court today (Wednesday) with his lawyer, Dylan Bryntjies.

The magistrate said the postponement was due to further investigations.

Friends of Booysen, who wore white shirts with Booysen’s face printed on them, seemed disappointed at the delay in the case and walked out of court quietly while Moloele and his lawyer, on the other hand, seemed jubilant, shaking hands and walking out of court together with Moloele’s handful of supporters.

Moloele was released on bail of R1000 on the 18th of October. He faces charges of murder after Booysen was shot four times at Street Corner Braai, a pub and grill spot in Bochabela location, Bloemfontein, on 16 October 2016.

The DJ’s killing has since sparked an outcry against gun violence, with his friends launching a campaign called “SayNoToGuns”. Booysen is one of three prominent figures who have been killed in gun violence during recent months in Bloemfontein.

The two other prominent figures who have been victims of fatal shootings include former Mamelodi Sundowns player, Alfred Helepi, who was shot at his house in Phahameng, Bloemfontein, in March this year. Peter Nthwane, afro-jazz musician, also suffered the same fate as he was also shot and killed at his home in Phase 6 location, Bloemfontein, last week.

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