DPP submits police dockets

2013-09-26 00:00

GAUTENG’S director of public prosecutions (DPP) has complied with a court order to make available police dockets to the Pietermaritzburg attorneys acting for slain KZN taxi boss Bongani Mkhize.

Attorney Petrus Coetzee confirmed that south Gauteng state advocate G.S. Maema had come to his offices in Pietermaritzburg on Monday and had brought the dockets relating to both Mkhize’s death and the 2009 murder of traditional leader Nkosi Mbongeleni Zondi, for copies to be made.

This was in response to last week’s order by Judge Rashid Vahed that the DPP should explain his failure to comply with an earlier court order to make the dockets available.

The DPP was ordered to pay the costs of the application.

Coetzee said now that his firm has the necessary information they are able to prepare for trial in the matter.

The Mkhize family alleges that Mkhize was unlawfully shot and killed by members of the Cato Manor Organised Crime Unit in uMgeni Road, Durban in February 2009. They are suing the state for R2,3 million.

The police, however, allege that Mkhize was a suspect wanted in connection with the murder of Nkosi Zondi, and was legally shot after opening fire on them.

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