Senior Limpopo cop gets bail in intimidation case

2015-12-18 14:15
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Polokwane - A senior Limpopo police officer accused of intimidating a State witness in a rape trial has been granted R500 bail by the Seshego Magistrate’s Court.

Lieutenant Colonel Boitumelo Ramahlala was told he had to surrender his firearm, was warned not to interfere with the witness, and had to notify police if he wanted to leave the province.

The Hawks arrested Ramahlala on Thursday after court officials and the witness claimed he had intimidated them.

The intimidation allegedly occurred during the rape trial of Captain Shumani Musinyali on October 29. Ramahlala allegedly came to court in full uniform, wrote notes to Musinyali’s lawyer, and threatened Independent Police Investigative Directorate investigators who were giving evidence.

Prosecutor Elijah Mamabolo told the court that as a result of Ramahlala’s actions, the hearing had to be adjourned. He said Ramahlala had resisted an attempt to arrest him. Musinyali's trial was postponed to February 15 2016.

Ramahlala's lawyer told court he had no firearm to surrender since he had handed it over while facing earlier charges of murder and domestic violence. In 2013, Ramahlala was implicated in the murder of a Nigerian man, Onyechiabi Uwaka, who was tortured to death. He was found not guilty.

On Thursday, Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said Ramahlala was also being investigated for alleged illegal possession of ammunition. In addition, he was linked to a case in Pretoria involving a police imposter who worked at the Seshego and Polokwane police stations.

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