Mthatha cop arrested for murder

2011-11-26 07:25

A police constable was arrested for murder in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) said yesterday.

Spokesperson Moses Dlamini said the 29-year-old constable was arrested for allegedly murdering Siyabulela Mzimela at his house on November 17.

He said National Intervention Unit members were tracing a suspect when they went into Mzimela’s house.

His girlfriend noticed people trying to force their way into the house through the kitchen door.

She rushed to the bedroom to alert Mzimela, who was sleeping in the bedroom. He came out holding a pickaxe handle and was shot.

He was taken to Livingstone Hospital where he died.

The police who entered the house allegedly failed to identify themselves.

“The ICD took over the matter for investigation and attended the postmortem on November 22,” said Dlamini.

The ICD, based on the evidence gathered thus far, decided to arrest a 29-year-old police constable on a charge of murder.

The constable was expected to appear in the Motherwell Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

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