The family of Alfredo April would have been very disappointed when they walked out of the Malmbesbury court on Wednesday afternoon as the case has been postponed once again to October 5 for further investigation.
“Action Society is in Malmesbury in the Western Cape where a young man, with the name Alfredo April was murdered. His throat was slit and he was left to die. The case has been postponed due photographs from the crime scene and DNA results missing from the docket. We call on the local community to come and support the family on October 5 so we can have justice for Alfredo April,” said Action Society spokesperson Kaylynn Palm.
According to Alfredo’s mother, Sophia, the 39-year-old left the house just after 01:00 on June 29 to give a friend a bus fare via his cell phone. “I asked him why he was up so early and he explained to me that a friend needed money to go to town. I told him not to go, but being the person he is, he insisted, adding that the person really needs it,” she said.
At around 2am she heard someone shouting in the streets, saying ‘aunty sissy, aunty sissy, they hurt him, he is calling for you!’ She immediately knew something was wrong and ran toward the voice but it was too late. Sophia saw her son bleeding out on the stoep of a house where he was shouting for help while holding a beanie to his neck where he had been cut.
Sophia says her son was a pillar of the community and treated everyone with kindness and respect. He had also recently opened his own salon. Action Society says justice delayed is justice denied, and South Africa’s broken justice system has left another shattered family wondering if they will ever see justice be done.