Officers granted bail in kidnap case

2013-06-04 00:00

LAW enforcement officers accused of kidnapping six people and dumping the corpse of one after beating him to death, were granted bail by the Eshowe District Court yesterday.

Archibald Msani (30), Sibusiso Goodman Mbatha (27) and Linda Nkosinathi Mvelase (38) from the Road Traffic Inspectorate, and Sihle Msizi Xulu (27) from the Eshowe SAPS and a member of the Eshowe crime intelligence unit, are facing charges of intimidation, kidnapping, murder and assault.

In a court room packed with the victims’ families, the bail application was unopposed by the state. They were granted bail of R2 000 each and will appear again on July 2.

KwaZulu-Natal Directorate of Public Prosecutions spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson said the bail conditions require the accused to relocate away from Eshowe.

“Msani and Xulu are to move to Durban, Mbatha will go to Newcastle and Mvelase must move to Weenen.

“They are not to visit Eshowe for any other reason except to attend court and they will need to inform the investigating officer beforehand,” said Ramkisson.

The accused will also need to seek permission to leave the province.

Magistrate Leon Venter said the accused are facing a schedule six offence. He made it clear that, considering Xulu is a member of crime intelligence, the accused are in no way to contact or interfere with the witnesses.

According to a statement released by the KZN Department of Transport last week Tuesday, the accused had allegedly on May 14 embarked on an off-duty investigation after a house where three of the accused reside, was burgled the night before.

They allegedly rounded up six suspects for an illegal interrogation and systematically beat the victims, leading to the death of 30-year-old Thokozani Langa.

The accused then allegedly transported Langa’s body and dumped it on the R66 which links Eshowe to Ulundi to make it appear as if he had been killed in a hit-and-run accident.

The four officers were arrested on Monday last week.

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