Metro cops get off to be at ‘Bees’ trial

2010-10-16 00:00

PRETORIA — Tshwane Metro police officers threw a stredded Blue Bulls rugby shirt on the ground yesterday outside the court where player “Bees” Roux was appearing on a murder charge.

The shirt was also waved around inside the courtroom. Roux (28) is accused of the murder of metro police officer Sergeant Ntshimane Johannes Mogale (38), who was beaten to death after he pulled Roux over on suspicion of driving drunk on August 27.

More than 50 officers packed the court, while Roux’s family, friends and agent, James Kemp, stood against the walls and sat on the floor.

Beeld learnt that mayoral committee member for community safety Dikeledi Lehobye met with the officers on Thursday and gave them permission to attend the hearing during work hours.

The officers also attended the case of Vusi Ntloko (29), who was caught with Roux’s credit card, and that of two officers charged with kidnapping and assault.

Asked to comment, metro police spokesperson director Mel Vosloo said the officers’ treatment of the Bulls jersey was “unacceptable behaviour, because it wasn’t the Blue Bulls that murdered the man”.

Vosloo said management was aware members were attending the Roux case, but not the other cases, and that would be investigated.

Makro employee Ntloko apparently found Roux’s bank cards on the scene of the beating and used them to purchase goods for thousands of rands.

He faces 12 charges of fraud and one of theft.

Both cases were postponed to December for further investigation.

Prosecutor advocate Matric Luphondo said there are still questions around the Roux case that need to be investigated, and the state is still waiting for the results of Mogale’s post mortem.

Prosecutor Kas Sami-Kistnan said that in the fraud case, police are looking for a second suspect, as well as videos showing Ntloko using the cards, forensic handwriting analysis and a warrant to seize his cellphone records.

 

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