Demonstrators oppose bail for man accused of killing estranged wife

A group of demonstrators protested outside the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court this morning, in opposition of Mzuvukile Poni bail application.

Poni allegedly stabbed his wife, Vuyisile 'Vuyi' Poni to death in January.

The mother of three was brutally assault and stabbed in full view of the Westlake community.

Vuyi’s close friend Nicole Elliot says the demonstration was well-attended.

A lot of the community members from Westlake were here, family and friends as well as representatives of the Reeva Steenkamp Foundation.

Nicole Elliot, close friend of Vuyisile 'Vuyi' Poni

She explains that Vuyi had placed a protection order against her estranged husband in December last year and had planned on divorcing him.

They were estranged at the time of her murder. She planned to get a divorce and she had a date set for March.

Nicole Elliot, close friend of Vuyisile 'Vuyi' Poni

They hadn't been living together permanently for quite a few years prior to this attack.

Nicole Elliot, close friend of Vuyisile 'Vuyi' Poni

The Westlake Community asked the Reeva Steenkamp Foundation for help, and they have drafted a petition for bail to be denied.

Demonstrators want to highlight the ongoing scourge of intimate femicide in South Africa.

The bail hearing will resume on Wednesday 15 March.

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