Blackout delays cop's court appearance

2013-11-11 13:33
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Johannesburg - The appearance of police officer Enoch Motsepe on kidnapping and extortion charges was delayed twice on Monday in the Germiston Regional Court.

Prosecutor Thabo Motlhamme indicated that the State was ready to proceed with the matter but there was no electricity in the court.

Magistrate Pieter du Plessis adjourned the matter and instructed court officials to find out what was wrong with the electricity.

He indicated that he had no problem proceeding without electricity.

Earlier in the morning, Du Plessis postponed the matter because the investigating officer was not at court.

Motlhamme said the investigating officer would arrive at 11:00 for Motsepe's expected bail application.

It was unclear when proceedings would resume.

Motsepe is a detective from Silverton, Pretoria. He appeared briefly on 30 October, when the matter was postponed for further investigation.

Suspects sought

Police were searching for five other people in connection with the kidnapping of a Bedfordview, Johannesburg, resident, on Monday, 28 October.

According to the State, four men entered the victim's home, claiming they were police officers.

They took jewellery worth about R150 000, a BMW, and a cellphone.

They kidnapped the man and demanded a R100 000 ransom from his family.

Motsepe was arrested after allegedly collecting the ransom at a Caltex petrol station on the N1 highway in Midrand.

Police shot and wounded hip hop singer Khuli Chana when he allegedly failed to stop at a roadblock they had set up at the petrol station's exit in an attempt to catch the kidnappers.

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