NPA withdraws charges against accused in the Nomzamo tavern shooting case

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has withdrawn criminal charges against all accused in the Nomzamo tavern shooting incident following thorough analysis of the contents of the dockets related to tavern shooting incidents around Kliptown and Orlando.

“The state will however continue with prosecution against Lepolesa Moshoeshoe on attempted murder charges in a Doornkop docket registered in September 2021 and Thembinkosi Kiviet on a murder charge registered with Orlando SAPS in April 2022,” said NPA Gauteng spokesperson, Phindi Mjonondwane.

Six men were arrested and appeared at the Orlando Magistrates’ Court for charges related to the deaths of sixteen people that were killed at the Nomzamo tavern on 14 July 2022 when unknown gunmen opened fire on patrons. 

“The NPA concluded that there are no prospects of a successful prosecution, as requests for further investigation were not complied with due to witnesses fearing for their lives or witnesses subsequently losing their lives,” Mjonondwane added.

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