15 cops face murder charge

2012-09-26 07:40

Durban - Fifteen policemen from KwaZulu-Natal appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court on Tuesday to face a murder charge, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) said.

They were accused of the murder of Nhlanhla Lala Luthuli, 40, from Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal, said IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini.

"The case was set down for trial from 25 September to 12 October," he said.

They would be back in the same court on Wednesday after their case was adjourned on Tuesday to allow the defence to inspect the scene.

It was believed that on 29 October 2010, 15 police officers from the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) in Pinetown and Tactical Response Team in Inanda went to Luthuli's home to search for a firearm.

The firearm was stolen from the home of a member of the CIU in a robbery.

Dlamini said it was alleged that the officers assaulted Luthuli in front of his 11-year-old son and his girlfriend until he became unconscious.

The officers tried to resuscitate Luthuli by pouring water on him but their attempts failed, Dlamini said.

They then took Luthuli in a police vehicle and dumped him alongside a road where he was found still unconscious.

He died on the way to hospital.

The policemen who included a captain as well as constables were arrested and charged on 19 November 2010.

They previously appeared in the Hammarsdale Magistrate's Court and were granted R5000 bail.

  • donald.dougall.9 - 2012-09-26 07:56

    This is just no good enough, those who are supposed to protect us kill us!

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-09-26 10:17

      You prefer they left him and waited until he shot someone with the stolen gun? Why you think he stole the gun, so he can play cowboys and indians with his son???

  • donald.dougall.9 - 2012-09-26 07:56

    It is no wonder that the cape want their own law enforcement unit!

  • christopher.shining - 2012-09-26 08:18

    Why did he have a stolen firearm? And did he use it on anyone?

  • richy.rex.77 - 2012-09-26 08:30

    Gud no one is above the law.

  • pieter.bezuidenhout.39 - 2012-09-26 08:36

    The very people that is supposed to serve and protect!

  • Judy - 2012-09-26 08:49

    I dont feel sorry for him. You live by the sword ,you die by the sword. If he had had a chance I'm sure he would have used it on the Police. Again the media making a "innocent Victim" out of a Bad guy. Viva DA and our own law enforcement.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-09-26 10:21

      Well siad, and these same bleeding hearts are the ones screaming for the death sentence and would be first in line to protest if he shot one of their family. South Africans are the biggest two faced hypocrites in both God and the Devils creations

  • lielie.smit - 2012-09-26 09:11

    Holy hell!!!!! I don't even know what to say.

  • simonehall89 - 2012-09-26 10:37

    Absolutely disgusting and its because of this that i have no respect for the SAP!

  • tracy.g.basson - 2012-09-26 16:39

    I wish the SAP would wipe out more violent criminals like this, as the justice system certainly isn't helping. Stop making a criminal seem like an "innocent". He had stolen a gun and probably during a violent robbery knowing SA today. But nothing is said about the crimes that he had already committed that lead the police to him. Do you people think they just guessed it was him. He probably had a criminal charge list a mile long. Keep up the good work SAPS.

  • cathy.vanvollenstee - 2012-09-26 19:25

    The police involved are no better than the criminal they assaulted. I am no bleeding heart, but beating a man until he is unconscious and then leaving him on the side of the road... criminal!

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