Cop in court for police station attack

2015-10-28 16:29
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Johannesburg - A police officer who allegedly helped co-ordinate a botched robbery at a West Rand police station appeared in court on Wednesday, the Hawks said.

Constable Mpho Matsoso, 30, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with conspiring with three men to rob the Dunnottar police station, near Springs, of firearms, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

He further faced charges of attempted murder, corruption, armed robbery, malicious damage to property, and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

He appeared in the Nigel Magistrate’s Court, where his case was postponed to November 5 for a bail application.

Mulaudzi said his appointment certificate and identity document were nowhere to be found.

On the night of June 8 this year, three men entered the police station, allegedly with the intention to steal firearms from the safe, to commit an armed robbery in Mpumalanga.

Matsoso had allegedly assured them that only a woman police officer would be on duty that night, and that she would be patrolling outside. When they arrived they however found Warrant Officer Aaron Mahlangu and another constable behind the counter.

A shoot-out ensued, during which Mahlangu was hit eight times. The three men fled. Mahlangu spent two months in hospital and survived.

Telephone records allegedly showed Matsoso and the three communicated on the night of the attack.

The three, Mduduzi Jali, 49, Prince Mnisi-Thobe Zondozi, 38, and John Molefe, 45, were arrested in Kwa-Thema a month after the attack. Jali and Molefe were behind bars. Zondozi had been released on R10 000 bail. They would be back in the Nigel Magistrate’s Court on November 13.

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