Accused traffic cop granted bail

2010-06-28 00:00

TRAFFIC officer Lebohang Justice Molefe (32), who allegedly shot his wife twice in her face during an argument on April 29, was granted bail of R2 000 on Friday.

One of the conditions of bail imposed on Molefe by magistrate N.M. Ndawonde is that he is to live in uMlazi, Durban, and may not enter the Pietermaritzburg area for any purpose other than to attend court when required.

Ndawonde noted that when testifying at the bail hearing, investigating officer Captain Piet van Zanten had conceded that his suspicions that Molefe might go back to kill his wife if released on bail were “speculation”. She said evidence by Molefe that he was not going to abscond if released was not challenged.

The investigating officer further conceded that he was not aware of any specific threat against the complainant (Londeka Molefe) or her mother.

Ndawonde said in these circumstances the interests of justice permitted Molefe’s release on bail.

The state opposed the granting of bail to Molefe mainly on the grounds that he poses a danger to his wife and her mother. The court was told that his wife is “terrified” at the prospect of his release on bail and begged the investigating officer daily to ensure that he remained in custody.

She had previously obtained a protection order against him in Dundee in 2007, and earlier this year applied for another protection order (which which was not served on him), in which she urged the court to remove his firearm from him as he pointed it at her when they quarrelled.

Van Zanten testified that on the day of the incident Molefe allegedly quarrelled with his wife when he arrived home from work. She allegedly told the police that Molefe had said he was going to shoot her, causing her to run away.

However, she slipped and fell in the lounge. Before she could get up her husband was on top of her and fired two shots which struck her in her face. He also beat her on the head.

Molefe left the scene of the shooting and was arrested on May 3 at the Daymed hospital. He told the court in evidence that he was being treated for ulcers.

The defence maintained that he had informed his attorney of his whereabouts, and at his request the information was passed on to the police. Molefe said he intends pleading not guilty. The matter has been postponed to August 31.

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