No evidence linking 2 cops to murders of mom, daughter - IPID

2017-06-06 17:01
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Durban – There is no evidence linking two Shongweni K9 unit policemen to the brutal murders of a woman, 40, and her daughter, 13, who were found with multiple gunshot wounds at their home in KwaDabeka last week, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) said on Tuesday.

The two constables – aged 30 and 37 – who are in court on other charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, after they allegedly set their dogs on two men, were granted bail of R2 500 each in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

They had also allegedly demanded R10 000 from one of the victims' relatives.

After they were granted bail, angry protesters – who believe that the officers are also linked to the murder of Nomalungelo Ncobela and her daughter Nontobeko Vezi – blockaded the court’s entrance and the road next to the court.

The two deceased were reportedly related to one of the assaulted victims.

Intimidation and corruption

IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini told News24 that, for now, there was no evidence linking the two policemen to the murders.

"We are still going to investigate whether the pair is linked to the KwaDabeka murders," he said.

Dlamini said the policemen had allegedly arrested and assaulted two men who were in a car together, after stopping them and searching their vehicle on April 20.

"The assault occurred on a number of occasions over a number of days. The suspects also allegedly set their dogs on the victims," he said.

After identifying them, IPID obtained enough evidence to arrest the suspects on June 1, he said.

IPID is also investigating a case of intimidation and corruption against the constables, he said.

It is alleged that the policemen went to one of the assault victims and told him to withdraw the case against them within three days, failing which he would be killed, said Dlamini.

"The corruption relates to a demand of R10 000 made from the brother of one of the victims. These investigations are ongoing."

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