ON TRIAL: Shakoor Roberts is accused of killing mother

The young man accused of murdering his own mother and then hiding her body in a wheelie bin has finally arrived at court after prison trucks failed to fetch him on two occasions.

Last week, a magistrate at the Mitchells Plain Regional Court called for a final postponement of the case after there was confusion why Shakoor Roberts, 26, had not been collected from Pollsmoor Prison.

That was the second time Roberts’ court dates were filled in incorrectly at the prison.

Roberts is facing a charge of murder for his mother, Gafsa Roberts, 61.

A thin-looking Roberts finally took his place in the dock yesterday where he heard he would now need to consult with his lawyer.

The matter was postponed to 21 November.

While in the dock, Roberts turned to his sister, Rushana Adams and asked her when she was going to visit him.

The angry woman responded: “Never.”

“I just want the truth,” Rushana told the Daily Voice outside court.

“He asked me: ‘Rushana, when are you going to come visit me kanallah’. I will never go and visit him.”

Gafsa’s badly decomposed body was discovered by a neighbour in the bin outside her home in Winterhoek Street, Tafelsig, in March 2015, after she went missing for three days.

It is believed Gafsa was beaten to death but a cause of death was never established.

Shakoor was arrested the same day. However, the charges were provisionally withdrawn two days later due to a lack of evidence.

Family members also claim Shakoor is a satanist and that his mother feared him.

Roberts is diagnosed as having schizophrenia.

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