The safety of the pupil who was blamed of assaulting Lufuno Mavhunga is at risk, the lead investigator in the case explained to a Limpopo court.

Concerns about the 14-year-old accused’s safety were raised by the investigating officer when he gave evidence in the Children’s Court, sitting in the Thohoyandou Magistrates Court.

The submission was made to stating why the accused should not be released on bail.

The minor can’t be noticed in accordance with criminal procedure law.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson in Limpopo, Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi, the accused’s lawyer gave arguments to the court in which they pleaded for her release on bail.

“The defence wants the minor to be released in the custody of her mother. The investigating officer then told the court that the minor was not safe after she was rescued from fellow pupils who wanted to attack her.

“The second witness, who is a teacher at the school, testified that the pupil was not a class prefect as her lawyer claimed. The State has closed its case,” MalabiDzhangi added.

A video went viral of the 15 year-old Mavhunga being assulted and she later committed suicide which led to the arrest of the accused.

The case continues on Thursday when the State and defence are expected to address the court on the merits of the case.

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