The man accused of stabbing a teenager to death for R21 kleingeld made a brief appearance in the Mitchells Plain Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Yunus Johnson, 21, is facing a murder charge for killing 16-year-old Elvino Fortune on Sunday night.
Yesterday about 30 people including young children held a picket outside the court with placards that read: “No bail for Yunus!” and “Justice for Elvino”.
The victim’s distraught grandmother Lorraine says she had the chance to see the accused and found out she knows him.
“He was my son’s friend, he would come to my house every day, even to ask for bread.
“I couldn’t believe it when I saw him and he also looked shocked when he saw me in court, almost like he was remorseful. I am sort of happy that I finally got to see the person who killed my grandchild.”
The accused was allegedly standing at the shop when Elvino got there to buy bread, milk, sugar and cigarettes.
The hartseer ouma says: “It was around 10pm when I gave my grandson R50 to buy the items from the shop which is a few doors away from my house.
“I stood outside and watched him walk there and when he was about to take his change from the shopkeeper, the accused tried to grab it.
“I heard my grandchild shout about someone trying to take the change and he asked the accused why wanted to stab him.”
The ouma says she went to fetch Elvino at the shop but he collapsed in front of the gate.
“I checked the wound and I saw that the blade was still stuck inside the wound,” she says.
Johnson will appear again on 3 November for bail application.