Buffalo's owner wants bar to be reopened

02 Sep 2013 09:40
GOBABIS, 02 SEP (NAMPA) - The racial discrimination case in which two Gobabis businessmen are accused of attacking entrepreneur Levi Katire in an alleged racially-motivated bar brawl on 01 June, will continue on 12 September 2013.
The two accused in the matter are Niko Kotze, 36, and Frederick du Plessis, 28.
Gobabis Magistrate Lourens Pretorius remanded the duo’s case to that date after their brief court appearance here on Monday.
Kotze is free on bail of N.dollars 5 000, while Du Plessis was released on bail of N.dollars 10 000 granted to them on 28 June.
Kotze had earlier indicated that he intends lodging a formal application with the magistrate’s court to have the conditions of bail imposed on him, relaxed.
Pretorius on Monday ordered that the two accused persons be brought back to court on 12 September for a hearing into whether the court will consent to their request.
According to court records, Kotze wishes to have the bail condition pertaining to the closure of his business – Buffalo’s Bar - revisited so as to allow him to continue operating that business.
The court earlier this year attached as condition to the granting of bail that Buffalo’s Bar should remain closed until the matter before court had been finalised.
Kotze, through his legal representative Bennie Venter, argued that the closure of his business has had a negative financial impact on him, and thus needed that condition to be relaxed.
Kotze and Du Plessies both stand accused of contravening the Racial Discrimination Act, and of assaulting Katire after he allegedly entered the ‘whites-only’ bar at the town on 01 June this year.
Du Plessis’s initial charge of assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm was changed to attempted murder, and he too was added to the racial discrimination count already laid against Kotze.
Public Prosecutor Manfred Jacobs represented the State in the matter.