'Execution' cops back in court

2015-12-02 05:32


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Johannesburg - Four police officers linked to the murder of Khulekani Mpanza are expected to appear in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

During their last appearance, Magistrate Keith Page decided not to grant Constable Titus Mabele, Constable Jason Segole and Sergeant Puleng Sebetwa any bail.

The trio faces charges of murder and defeating the ends of justice after allegedly being caught on camera killing Mpanza - a suspected robber. The fourth officer, Constable Dipuo Chipu, who is the only female officer among the accused, was out on R5 000 bail.

Chipu was only charged with defeating the ends of justice.

CCTV video footage showed the police chasing a gun-wielding Mpanza down the streets of Krugersdorp, west of Johannesburg.

One of the officers fired the first shot which resulted in Mpanza falling to the ground and dropping his weapon.

The footage then showed another officer kicking Mpanza while another officer fired a second shot.

During his judgment in November, Page told the court that the officers could have made a successful arrest after Mpanza fell to the ground, as there was no sign of resistance.

He said the officers had used an excessive degree of violence on Mpanza.

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