Congolese refugee leader gets bail
Publish date: 13 January 2020
Issue Number: 855
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
A Congolese leader of a splinter refugee group, who is facing robbery and assault charges, was granted R2 000 bail in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Thursday, according to a TimesLIVE report. Papy Sukami was arrested on Friday when tensions among the refugees living in the Central Methodist Church in Cape Town escalated over leadership roles and distribution of donations, including money, food and clothing. According to the charge sheet, Sukami allegedly assaulted Serge Shauba in the Cape Town CBD in October 2019 and robbed him of an iPhone 6, a Canon camera, a wallet, R2 000, cards, a watch and shoes. He is also accused of robbing Congolese journalist Jurol Loemba, whose Samsung Galaxy cellphone, wallet, R200, Canon camera and bank cards were taken on the same day. Yesterday, the state asked the court to set Sukami's bail at R3 000. But his lawyer, Ian Murray, convinced the court to set it at R2 000. He said Sukami denies the charges against him and will plead not guilty. The lawyer charged that Sukami's arrest 'seems to have political undertones, both local and internationally'. The matter was postponed to 13 March.