2 more in court over Cope MP's murder

2012-04-16 14:28

Johannesburg - Two men appeared in the Sekhukhune Magistrate's Court near Burgersfort on Monday in connection with the murder of Cope MP Jack Tolo, Limpopo police said.

Their bail was denied and the trial was postponed to May 2, Lieutenant Colonel Mohale Ramatseba said.

"The two suspects, Alpheus Molopo, 38, of Seopela village, and Phankgo Oscar Makua Choma, 33, of Tukakgomo village in Sekhukhune, were arrested in Gauteng on Friday."

A total of seven people have now been arrested in connection with the murder.

The five other men, Peter Ditshego, 30, Frans Matula, 33, Solomon Nkosi, 41, Fafi Mokgaumane Leshilo, 41, and Sello Mangale, 41, appeared before the Sekhukhune Magistrate's Court in February.

They face a charge of murder, four counts of kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, and malicious damage to property.

They would appear before the same court on May 2 for the case to be allocated a High Court date.

Tolo, a Congress of the People member, was murdered at his home in Ga-Masha, Sekhukhune on August 21, 2011. During the attack, six men tied up Tolo's family, shot him, and demanded money, jewellery, and cellphones. Tolo's cellphone was later recovered from one of the men in police custody.

Ramatseba said an eighth man was still on the run. Anyone with information about his whereabouts was asked to contact the police.

"The suspect is reported to be in Gauteng. Police investigations are continuing."

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