Ex-cop found guilty of murdering Western Cape police officer

2016-04-01 17:08
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Cape Town – Two men, one of them a former cop, were convicted this week of the premeditated murder of police officer Steven Britz inside the Klapmuts police station, said the Hawks.

On Wednesday, the Western Cape High Court found Patrick Luvuyo Ndevu, 33, and Mlindiso Mbaliso, 35, guilty of various charges, including premeditated murder, said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

Mbaliso and Ndevu, who was a detective constable at the same station at the time of the murder, stormed into the police station’s community service station on April 16 2014.

They shot Warrant Officer Britz in the head and left hand, before making off with his firearm, four 9mm firearms, an R5 rifle, a shotgun, live ammunition and a police hand radio.

Co-accused Buhlani Phukwana, Khayalethu Waka and Anele Phantsi were acquitted.

At the time of the shooting, Western Cape police said Ndevu had been absent from duty about a month earlier. 

Attempts to trace him to serve him with a suspension notice had been fruitless.

Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said at the time that Ndevu's fingerprint at the crime scene had led to him being tracked to a shebeen in Kayamandi.

Hawks head Lieutenant General Mthandazo Ntlemeza welcomed the conviction.

"In the same light, we hope that the victims and their families will derive strength from the fact that those who inflicted such a painful experience in their lives stay in jail for a long time," he said.

Sentencing proceedings are expected to start on April 20.

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