Top cop murder: Accused claim police assaulted them

2013-07-08 12:46

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Four men accused of murdering former Johannesburg cluster commander Maj-Gen Thirani Maswanganyi have requested to be examined by doctors.

Tshepo Mosai (30) Roger Godfrey Moseki (33) Ndaedzo Isaac Vele (29) and Nditsheni Daniel Nefolovhodwe (32) said through their lawyers today that police had assaulted them after their arrest.

The matter was postponed to July 12 after prosecutor Lucas Moseki asked that the matter be provisionally delayed.

He said the prosecution was awaiting instructions from the director of public prosecutions.

Moseki said the four, if they were assaulted by officers, should lay criminal charges.

All four remained in custody. There was additional security at the court today with several police tactical response officers in the packed courtroom.

Numerous reporters and photographers attended proceedings.

On June 17, Maswanganyi was found dead in a field near Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, with his hands and feet tied.

A police patrol found his Isuzu bakkie abandoned next to the R101. A police uniform and police ID card were in the bakkie, which prompted a search.

Brigadier Neville Malila said the investigation was at a sensitive stage.

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