15 cops charged with beating death

2010-11-19 22:56

Johannesburg - Fifteen policemen appeared in the Hammarsdale Magistrate's Court on Friday charged with murder, the Independent Complaints Directorate said.

"The suspects were granted bail of R5 000 each... the case was postponed to January 14 ," spokesman Moses Dlamini said.

Four of the accused were from the crime intelligence unit (CIU) in Pinetown, the rest from the tactical response team in Inanda.

They are accused of beating to death Nhlanhla Lala Luthuli, 40, in Hammarsdale on October 29 this year.

The group allegedly went to Luthuli's home to search for a firearm stolen from one of the CIU members during a recent house robbery.

Luthuli was beaten unconscious in front of his 11-year-old son. The officers allegedly tried to revive him by pouring cold water on him.

When they failed, they allegedly loaded him into a police vehicle and dumped him on the side of a road, where he was found. Luthuli died en-route to hospital.

The four CIU officers were named as Captain Thulani Magagula, 49, constables Emmanuel Vezi, 33, Patrick Mzobe, 35 and Phumlani Mkhize, 29.

The others are constables SM Mthethwa, 23, TB Ngcobo, 24, SB Khomo, 29, LM Ngema, 24, AC Ngcobo, 25, SW Ndosi, 38, AL Ndlovu, 29, LN Mseleku, 33, M Duma, 33, AD Gumede, 33, and L Mseleku, 24.

  • THE PUNISHER - 2010-11-20 00:44

    Yeah................ These 15 have very funny surnames. What race are they?

      PerciusJcksn - 2010-11-20 02:27

      Who Cares as long as the guy got what was coming to him.

  • Jason Ross - 2010-11-20 07:12

    Seems there is really no difference between the old regime andthe new one.

      Sizwe - 2010-11-20 17:20


  • colafantacervezabeer - 2010-11-20 07:27

    Why do police officers "loose" their fire-arms so easily? Why did 15 policeman to go to 1 man? Why am I playing on the internet on a beautiful, sunny Saturday? Why are you?

  • Apache - 2010-11-20 08:00

    Without a clear display of political will from our morally bankrupt ANC 'leaders', no cure will be forthcoming for this ongoing brutal sickness...

  • Lizelle - 2010-11-20 11:49

    And we should rely on murderers to protect us! I mean realy they take bribes murder people. What example are they to us.

      Mordred - 2010-11-20 18:46

      Lizelle, you are quite right. I think that there are a large majority of wannabee policemen who only wanted the job for a salary and not as a career. I also believe that a large majority are criminals in the sense that they do blackmail, steal, bribe, commit fraud and forgery and this frightens the hell out of me because they can do this with impunity because of the power their badge gives them. The only thing that I do every day is pray that I never ever get involved with the police.

  • Rick - 2010-11-20 13:15

    This is only the tip of the turd that is the SAPS.

  • investigationsinc - 2010-11-20 13:34

    Police management is to blame. Apparently Policemen must get results,no excuses will be tolerated(which means AT ANY COST) or they will be redeployed to who knows where.So as the saying goes "WATCH THIS SPACE"

  • Mordred - 2010-11-20 18:34

    Man, what is happening to our country. The 15 policemen had no right to beat Luthuli to death even if they had found the weapon on him or in his house. My heart goes out to his 11 year old son because this is something no child should be witness to. When I saw the 15 men on TV it made me sick to think that these are policemen who are supposed to protect the public and I doubt whether they will see the inside of a jail but will be allowed to carry on as usual with their jobs which we all know will not be "protecting and serving" the people.

  • BigPig69 - 2010-11-21 09:40

    It's sad and an insult, they must get what they deserve. Just do us all a favour, don't put all cops in the same boat. There is some of them that do their work and with dedication and beyond. There is quite a few police graves that is proof of that. Unfortunately they are not always in the news and the public does not get to know about them. A few bad apples does not mean the whole tree is rotten, but I know the tree can sure do with a few gallons of insecticide

  • pierreedge - 2011-01-14 21:28

    Sad sad, result of a culture of violence it seems. Quick question, is the police allowed to torture or assault a suspect to force a confession out of him in this country?

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