The man accused of the murder of Noluvuyo Swelindawo will remain in custody, a News24 journalist tweeted from the proceedings on Wednesday.
Signice Mdani to stay in custody until 15 Feb on charges of murder of Noluvuyo Swelindawo in Khayelitsha @News24— Jenni Evans (@itchybyte) December 21, 2016
Swelindawo was a lesbian whose killing sparked fears she was targeted because of her sexuality. There was confusion earlier on in proceedings over whether the accused would apply for bail at the Blue Downs Magistrate's Court.
Signice Mdani's lawyer started proceedings by saying he would not be applying for bail.
But when magistrate Vincent Ketye checked with Mdani whether or not he understood proceedings, he mumbled that he wanted to apply for bail.
Ketye ordered that he leave the dock to consult with his lawyer and proceeded with other cases, while supporters of friends and family of Swelindawo waited for proceedings in Mdani's case to resume.
After her body was found on a footbridge in Driftsands on December 4, there was concern in the LGBTI community and beyond that her death may have been related to intolerance of her sexuality.
Supporters from organisations including Pink Triangle and the Social Justice Coalition were in court to observe proceedings.
Mdani was arrested on December 5.