Three cops in court for kidnapping

2015-07-02 16:16
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East London - Three police officers, based in Mthatha, appeared in the Dutywa Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on charges of kidnapping.

Sergeant Funisile Mpukane, 46, Constable Tulani Mlungisi, 36, and Constable Vuyolwethu Mpaka, 30, along with fourth accused Vukile Ngcukwa made a brief appearance in court.

“The arrested members were automatically suspended,” Provincial Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Celiwe Binta said.

Eastern Cape provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Marinda Mills said the three officers were arrested last week in connection with an incident on May 14 when they, allegedly wearing their police uniforms and driving in a marked police vehicle, approached the complainant, Fikile Zikithi of Machibini administrative area in Dutywa.

She said the men were accompanied by Ngcukwa in civilian clothes and posing as their commanding officer.

Mills said the men allegedly searched Zikithi’s house, indicating they were following up on information relating to illegal firearms.

Zikithi was taken to Mthatha where he was expected to draw a large amount of money from his account.

“Somebody alerted the Mthatha police as to what had transpired at the complainant’s house and the members subsequently started a search for the VW Polo,” she said.

“They spotted the vehicle and arrested Ngcukwa in Mthatha and set the complainant free,” she said.

Mills said Ngcukwa had already appeared in court on a kidnapping charge and released on R1 000 bail. The three police officers were granted bail of R1 000 each and would appear in court again on July 24 along with Ngcukwa.

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