Five police charged with murder

2011-04-02 00:00

FIVE police officers from the Pietermaritzburg Public Order Policing (POP) appeared in the Greytown Magistrate’s Court on charges of murder, kidnapping and defeating the ends of justices.

The five police officers — three of whom are reservists and one a woman — were arrested by the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) recently following the death of Zamokwakhe Goodman Mchunu (45) from Shakas­kraal.

The suspects are Constable Inos Sanele Bheki Ngcobo (33), Constable Makhosini Ashwell Hlongwane (32), Constable (reservist) Mondli David Mlotshwa (31), Constable (reservist) Hlangani Richman Mchunu (30) and Constable (reservist) Zakhona Queeneth Ngcobo (24).

ICD national spokesperson Moses Dlamini said it is alleged that on March 18, Mchunu was picked up from his place of work in Ballito to point out a firearm at his home in Shakaskraal.

Apparently no firearm was found, but the suspect police officers allegedly told the deceased’s wife not to tell anyone about their visit, said Dlamini.

“The police then took the deceased to Engome area in Greytown, where he was allegedly assaulted severely in a hut in Mr Mkhwanazi’s homestead. Apparently the deceased had identified Mr Mkhwanazi’s home as the place where the firearm was to be found …,” said Dlamini.

The police officers allegedly phoned the Greytown police station to report a shooting incident. “Their story was that the deceased had indicated that he wanted to urinate and the handcuffs were taken off after which he grabbed a police firearm. They said that the deceased had fired two shots at police, who returned fire hitting the deceased on the chest, killing him instantly.”

ICD, through post mortem, found out that Mchunu was already dead when he was shot.

The suspects were remanded in custody until April 14 for a formal bail application. The ICD has also recommeded that the suspects be suspended with immediate effect, added Dlamini.



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