BREAKING - A member of the Red Ants, Sabelo Dlamini – accused of the roadside shooting and killing of former IBO world champion Chris van Heerden’s father – was granted R5000 bail in the Vereeniging Magistrate’s court yesterday. Danie van Heerden was shot by the security guard in an altercation in Meyerton at the end of December. In a video shared on social media, Van Heerden and the guard are seen arguing on the side of the road. The two exchanged words and Van Heerden took the keys to the security guard's vehicle. The suspect is seen holding a firearm and follows Van Heerden to another vehicle before opening fire. Van Heerden died at the scene. The Magistrate said in court that Dlamini has a ‘stable profile’, that he is a family man, owns some property and has a good work record. The judge also said the accused is not a hardened criminal.
The public outcry against the murder has been immense with many signing a petition set-up online. Almost 5,000 pleaded for the judge not to grant bail from an initial goal of 1,000. Van Heerden’s former world champion son flew in from Los Angeles last weekend. Chris will attend the funeral taking place on Friday.
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