NPA says arrest of Terre’Blanche cop has no bearing on case

2010-05-08 10:55

The arrest of the investigating officer in the Eugene Terre’Blanche

murder case would not affect the accused’s bail application on Monday, the

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has said.

“That does not have any bearing on the case. We expect the bail

application to proceed and, on our part as the prosecution, we are ready,” said

NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga.

Captain Tsietsi Mano was arrested on Friday with seven other

members of the Hawks for allegedly beating up a group of house robbery

suspects.

Mano, as the investigating officer in the case against 28-year-old

Chris Mahlangu and the 15-year-old boy accused of bludgeoning Terre’Blanche to

death on Easter Saturday, is one of the state’s main witnesses in the

case.

Mano and the seven other policemen were released on bail of R500

each on Friday.

Bail

application

Mahlangu was expected to appear in the Ventersdorp Magistrates

Court on Monday for his formal bail application.

Mhaga said because murder was a schedule 6 crime, the onus was on

the accused to give evidence on why he should be released on bail, so the

defence would put their case first.

“The defence have not indicated that they are unprepared,” said

Mhaga.

Mahlangu’s lawyer, Puna Moroko, said the bail application would

continue. He was confident that the application would be successful. “I normally

get what I want in court,” he said.

Hawks spokesperson Musa Zondi confirmed the arrests on Friday, but

declined to name the arrested officers. He did, however, confirm that the

investigating officer of the Terre’Blanche case was among them.

Grievous bodily

harm

The Star reported today that the policemen appeared in the

Klerksdorp Magistrates Court on Friday charged with assault with the intent to

cause grievous bodily harm.

The paper said they were accused of using “apartheid-style” torture

methods on a group of robbery suspects.

Mano was one of the organised crime officers who arrested Gerrie

Nel, the former head of the disbanded Scorpions in Gauteng. Nel is the state

prosecutor in former police chief Jackie Selebi’s corruption trial.



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