Alleged cop killers to appear in court

2011-12-15 10:02
Johannesburg - Three men accused of the ambush-style murders of two Cape Town policemen in May will appear in the Blue Downs District Court on Thursday.

In September Sivuyile Sangovana, Khangelani Twala and Olwethu Sotondoshe, in custody in Pollsmoor Prison, previously appeared in the court by way of a new, closed-circuit TV system.

The video link is an experiment aimed at minimising escapes, and is in operation in only a few courts in the country, including Wynberg in the Western Cape.

On Sunday May 22, the three allegedly shot dead Warrant Officer Gershwin Matthee and student Constable Cannon Cloete, when they arrived in the Wallacedene squatter settlement, near Kraaifontein, to attend to a rape complaint.

Sangovana and Twala were later arrested while receiving treatment for bullet wounds. Sotondoshe was found in Pollsmoor Prison, where he was in custody for an unrelated matter.

The premeditated murder of a police official carries a mandatory life sentence.

The three men launched a combined bail application, but abandoned it before it even got underway.
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