A petition has been launched in a bid to oppose the bail applications of the four men accused of killing gay nightclub owner Bruno Bronn.
John Frederick Coetzee, Fareez Allie, Achmat Toffa and Kurt Erispe are expected to apply for bail in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
The petition urges that they be denied bail on the basis that the alleged killers could target possible witnesses in the city’s gay community if released.
“Many people who knew Bruno, or worked with Bruno, say they fear the repercussions for speaking to the police. One of the accused, John Coetzee was also an employee of Bronx, and so could potentially know and intimidate witnesses that could be key to this case,” say the petition’s creators.
“Bruno also voiced concerns for his personal safety, before he was murdered, making it quite clear that his killers had intimidated him too. For justice to run its course, we believe the four men arrested in connection with his murder should be denied bail,” they added.
Bronn’s body was found by a domestic worker at his Sea Point home on 7 February. It is believed that he was strangled to death although police have not confirmed the cause of death.
He was the owner of the popular Bronx and Navigaytion nightclubs that recently closed down.
Go to the petition here.