9 Tembisa cops all point finger at one of their co-accused

2015-09-01 14:13
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Johannesburg -Nine officers implicated in the murder of a man who died in Tembisa, East of Johannesburg in December have all pointed fingers at one of their co-accused.

During their bail application, held at the Tembisa Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, the nine officers said they had responded to a call in Ebony Park where a tracking company had allegedly traced a vehicle reported stolen.

The officers said they provided backup and assisted in the arrest of Khuthazile Mbedu. They claimed to have taken him to the Ivory Park police station where he was left in the hands of Stanford Mokobodi.

Mokobodi is the second accused in the matter who is the only one of the accused who has a different lawyer representing him.

In all of their affidavits, the nine officers have maintained that Mbedu was alive and uninjured when they left him at the station.

It was unclear what had happened to him but the Independent Police Investigative Directorate reported that Mbedu was later admitted to the local hospital where he showed signs of being tortured. One of his legs had also been broken.

Mbedu died four days later.

Mbokodi seems to have had a previous brush with the law. In May, he was convicted of assault.

Meanwhile, the third accused in the matter, Makgoba Kekana also has a previous conviction from 2008. He was convicted of aiding a suspect escape from custody.

It was unclear whether the SA Police Service had taken any action against the two police officers.

The other accused in the matter have no previous convictions.

Both the State and the IPID on Tuesday told the court that they were not opposing bail.

IPID investigator, Takalani Maphosho said the group did not seem like a flight risk and had co-operated with them.

Magistrate Vinny Gobind was expected to deliver his verdict on the bail application after an adjournment.  

The proceedings have thus far happened before a fully packed court, filled with dozens of relatives of both the accused and the deceased.

Gobind seemed lenient and continued to hear the bail application even as scores of those who could not find seats stood in the aisles of the court gallery.

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