15 cops charged with beating death
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.