Justice for Mannie! NO BAIL!

20180324_183918_0001.pngWe the undersigned, as concerned South Africans and community members, oppose bail for the accused in the matter of the intimate femicide of Manuela to be heard on 15 March 2018 at Palm Ridge Magistrates Court.

56 year old Manuela was allegedly shot nine times and killed at her home in Brackenhurst on the 13th of November 2017 by her estranged husband.

Manuela, better known as “Mannie” to most, was a daughter, sister, mother of three and grandmother.

She did not deserve to die in such a brutal manner by a man who simply “decided” it was time for her to go.

The murder accused is Prominent banker and Treasurer at the Bank of Athens - Vincenzo Pietropaolo.

He abandoned his bail application last year and while it was postponed to the 8th of March he has secured an earlier date for his bail hearing - Monday, 19 February 2018. 

This case was then postponed to 1 March 2018, and again to 6 March 2018. On 6 March the case was, yet again postponed after the defence's recusal application which now means the case wll be heard on 15 March 2018.

South Africa has a femicide rate five times higher than the global average. 

We feel he is a threat to not only his family but also the  community at large and request that the accused be retained in custody, and not be allowed out on bail.

Updates on the status of the petition and the case can be found here Optimystic Bikers against Abuse.

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