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PLETTENBERG BAY NEWS AND VIDEO - The man accused of murdering a Plettenberg Bay teenager abandoned his bail application in the local magistrate's court last week.
The accused, Motseki Palasi (56), took his place in the dock for the formal procedure on Friday 4 October, but later indicated that he no longer planned on proceeding.
Palasi was arrested last month after the remains of Kwanokuthula teenager Sandisiwe Mona was discovered in Ladywood.
The grisly discovery sent shockwaves through the local community who has since organised marches, court gatherings and a petition against the release of the accused on bail.
The 17-year-old girl went missing around 8 April this year.
A search party by the police was eventually called off after no positive outcome. A man who was walking his dog in Ladywood discovered the remains on 5 August, which DNA confirmed belonged to the teenager.
According to police, Palasi was the last person seen with the girl before she was murdered. He also voluntarily pointed out the crime scene.
On Friday, a group of residents marched from Kwanokuthula to the magistrate's court where they met up with children's rights activists in protest of the accused's release on bail. They also handed the investigating officer a petition with more than 7 200 signatures against bail for Palasi.
The matter was postponed until 18 October.
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