Pregnant cop in court for killing boyfriend

2014-03-07 10:14
Tembelihle Ngcobo appears in court. (Shan Pillay, The Witness)

Tembelihle Ngcobo appears in court. (Shan Pillay, The Witness)

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Ingrid Oellermann, The Witness

Pietermaritzburg - Murder accused Tembelihle Ngcobo, 31, who is charged with the murder of Constable Bongani Lembethe, 29, on Monday night, was described by her supporters outside court as his girlfriend.

The group of women, who did not want to give their names, also told members of the media that Ngcobo is pregnant.

They said she and Lembethe were together the previous Friday and said they had no idea what had led to the shooting.

They said Ngcobo knew about Lembethe’s relationship with another woman.

Handed herself over

Ngcobo, who handed herself over to police after the shooting, appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

She kept her hand over her face while waiting for the magistrate to enter the courtroom to avoid being photographed.

Pietermaritzburg magistrate Ashin Singh adjourned her case until Friday for a bail application due to congestion on the court roll.

He ordered that she be detained at the Loop Street police cells instead of New Prison where as a police officer she could encounter prisoners she had put there.

The State indicated that it was going to oppose the granting of bail.

Lembethe, who was a member of the Pietermaritzburg cluster tactical response team, was shot dead outside his home at Signal Hill when he returned from work on Monday night.

Police announced the following day that a female constable was arrested at Vryheid police station in connection with the murder after handing herself over.

Shot multiple times

Lembethe was reportedly shot multiple times in his face. His service pistol and wallet were left at the scene.

Lembethe’s younger sister, Thuli, told The Witness at the time that she had received a call about the murder from her brother’s fiancée, Sindi Khanyile, who said she’d heard gunshots outside the house.

She said it was their “worst nightmare come true” as the family was always worried that her brother might be killed in the line of duty.

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