Suspected cop killers appear in Cape Town court

2016-12-19 15:03
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Cape Town – Three men made a brief appearance in the Blue Downs Magistrate's Court on Monday for the murder of Cape Town police officer Constable Mziwonke Siwisa.

Xolani Ndesi, Athi Mdluli and Jackson Lubabalo Mhobo were arrested in Bloekombos, Kraaifontein, last Wednesday in a joint operation by the Hawks and the police.

Siwisa, 25, was shot and killed in Wallacedene, Kraaifontein, earlier this month while on his way to work at the Sea Border Unit in Table Bay harbour.

His service pistol was stolen during the attack.

The three accused, all in their early twenties, face charges of murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm and armed robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Magistrate Vincent Ketye gave them the option of appointing their own attorney or requesting one from legal aid to represent them.

Postponement

He then sent a court official to scout the corridors for a legal aid lawyer.

The three stood quietly in the dock, waiting for the official to return.

Ketye was then told that the legal aid attorneys would only be available on Wednesday.

He was also told that profiles on the three accused were still being built for their future bail application.

The case was postponed to December 21 and they were taken back to prison.

A string of recent police murders in the metro has left officers shaken.

On November 22, Constable Amanda Ladlokova was shot dead while she and a colleague were attending to a domestic violence complaint in Philippi.

Three suspects, Thabo Nohashe, 23, Bronwen Bandile Qongqo, 26, and Ashwin Kennedy were arrested in connection with her murder.

Her partner survived the attack by playing dead.

Officer ambushed

Also at the Blue Downs Magistrate's Court on Monday was Christopher Jantjies who is accused of the murder of metro police official Ben Koopman.

Koopman was ambushed in February while walking to his official vehicle outside his home in Eerste River.

He was killed and his service pistol and two-way radio were stolen.

Jantjies was arrested and appeared in court on October 19, where his bail application was postponed.

A group of people wearing T-shirts with a picture of Koopman was present for Jantjies' appearance.

His wife, Katrina Jantjies, sat among them while they all waited for the outcome of Jantjies' application.

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