Accused cops remanded

2010-11-22 00:00

FIFTEEN police officers who were arrested in connection with the murder of Nhlanhla Lala Luthuli (40) of Mpumalanga Township have yet to be suspended by the SA Police Force.

They appeared in the Hammarsdale Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

According to a statement by the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD), the officers are alleged to have beaten Luthuli unconscious before dumping him on the side of the road.

ICD spokesperson Moses Dlamini said Luthuli was allegedly assaulted in front of his 11-year-old son and his girlfriend.

“Once he was unconscious, the suspects tried to resuscitate the deceased by pouring water on him — but they failed.

“They then took the deceased in a police vehicle and dumped him alongside a road where he was found still unconscious. He died on the way to hospital,” said Dlamini.

He said the allegation is that at around 2 am on October 29, 15 police officers from the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) in Pinetown and the Tactical Response Team (TRT) in Inanda went to the Luthuli’s home to search for a firearm belonging to a member of the CIU who had recently had a robbery at his house.

The accused from the CIU in Pinetown are Captain Thulani Magagula (49), Constable Emmanuel Vezi (33), Constable Patrick Mzobe (35) and Constable Phumlani Mkhize (29).

The accused officers from the TRT in Inanda are all constables: S.M. Mthethwa (23), T.B. Ngcobo (24), S.B. Khomo (29), L.M. Ngema (24), A.C. Ngcobo (25), S.W. Ndosi (38), A.L. Ndlovu (29), L.N. Mseleku (33), M. Duma (33), A.D. Gumede (33) and L. Mseleku (24).

The ICD conducted an investigation and the suspects were arrested and charged on Friday.

They were granted R5 000 bail each and the case was postponed to January 14.

Police spokesperson Phindile Radebe said the accused have not been suspended because they were only arrested on Friday. She said suspensions entail a lengthy process before they can be implemented.

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