Man accused of using taxi app to try to move corpse abandons bail bid

Two taxi drivers called by a man using an app refused to give him a ride when they noticed that the woman accompanying him appeared to be dead. 
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A Midrand man who allegedly used an e-hailing app to call for a taxi to ferry a body from his townhouse has abandoned his bail application.

The man is alleged to have wanted to use the taxi to dispose of the body.

Napo Masike, 27, appeared in the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court on Thursday facing a charge of murder after the death of a woman at his apartment in Midrand in May.

His case was postponed to June 27 for further investigation. The matter was initially set down for a bail hearing on Thursday but it was transferred back to a trial court after Masike abandoned his bail bid.

A court official who did not want to be named said the matter may be transferred to the high court.

Midrand police spokesperson Capt Mmakgomo Ronny Semono had told TimesLIVE that Masike had initially summoned a driver from a popular e-hailing service but the driver had refused to transport him and his “companion”.

A second driver, on noticing that he was carrying an apparently lifeless body, also refused to ferry him and instead alerted police.

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