Five men facing charges of murder and attempted murder covered their faces as they entered a fully packed courtroom at Estcourt Magistrate Court on Monday morning.

The men – Lungisane Magubane, 30; Lindokuhle Masondo, 32; Sithembiso Sithole, 31; Nino Mbatha, 32, and Khayelihle Lamula, 32, who covered their faces in hoodies were however instructed by the magistrate to take off their hoodies and hats and face the court.

One of the accused persons after uncovering his face, bent over crying .
The accused persons through their lawyer from Legal Aid later informed the court that they wish to abandon bail.

The protest songs of an aggrieved crowd holding placards with different inscriptions stationed outside the court could be heard in the courtroom as proceedings continued.

However, there is a high presence of police in the area to contain the situation.