Alleged cop killer appears in court

2015-05-12 17:02

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Johannesburg - One of the men accused of shooting three police officers, killing two and wounding one, appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Sandile Nyathikazi appeared briefly in the dock dressed in a burgundy sweater and khaki pants.

The matter was postponed to May 18 because there too many other matters on the court roll. He will apply for bail at his next appearance.

A man in the public gallery shook his head and waved at Nyathikazi, who smiled at him as he was escorted back to the court's holding cells.

Nyathikazi and two men, Vika Nzama and Nhlanhleni Nzama face several charges including two counts of murder and a single one of attempted murder.

The group was alleged to have been part of a four-man gang which opened fire on three police officers patrolling the N3 highway in March.

The officers had stopped their vehicle close to the Modderfontein off-ramp.

Two of the officers, Constable Mthokoziseni Myeza and Maisha Mafokoane, were killed in the incident. A third officer, Steven Mafanelo, was injured.

Mafanelo was alleged to have shot and killed one of the gang members.

The man, a Zimbabwean national, died after several days in hospital.

Vika and Nhlanhleni Nzama were expected to appear separately on May 21 for a formal bail application as well after their matter was moved to a different court room.

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