Babita Deokaran murder trial moved to High Court

The six defendants were charged with murder, attempted murder and unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

FILE: The six men accused of murdering Gauteng Health Department official Babita Deokaran appeared in Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court on August 30, 2021. Charges against a seventh suspect have been tentatively dropped. Photo: Abigail Javier/Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN — Eight months after her death, the state still does not appear to know exactly how whistleblower Babita Deokaran’s apparent hit was planned.

But he is adamant that the six men charged with the crime were the hitmen.

The men appeared in Johannesburg Regional Court on Tuesday morning.

The case was transferred to the High Court.

The defendants were charged with murder, attempted murder and unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

In the indictment, the state detailed how, in its version, Deokaran’s final moments unfolded, saying she stopped on the side of the road outside her home to pick up her domestic helper. when a white BMW, manned by at least three of the defendants, pulled up beside her and fired a volley of bullets before fleeing the scene. The other defendant, meanwhile, was on the lookout in the area, the state said.

However, the state admitted in the indictment that at this point it still does not know precisely “when, where and how” the murder was planned.

Further details, however, are expected to be disclosed at trial.

Elna M. Lemons