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Metro chief's murder trial postponed

2012-12-07 22:51

Johannesburg - Ekurhuleni metro police chief Hlula Msimang appeared in the Wynberg Regional Court on Friday in connection with a murder charge, the Independent Police Investigate Directorate (Ipid) said.

"The matter was postponed to [8 February] to give them time to make representations to the National Director of Public Prosecutions," spokesperson Moses Dlamini said.

"They want the matter to be converted from [a] murder [case] to an inquest."

Dlamini could not give more details about the case.

The Star newspaper on Friday reported that the case related to a shooting in Johannesburg a few months ago.

Not suspended

Mayoral spokesperson Zweli Dlamini told the newspaper that Msimang had not been suspended.

"He's at work. He has not been charged with anything," said Dlamini.

The Democratic Alliance said the Johannesburg mayor and the MMC for community safety needed to explain the appointment of Msimang as head of public safety in the city.

DA spokesperson Mervyn Cirota said although Msimang was considered innocent until the entire legal process was exhausted, the decision should be carefully examined.

"Council officials must explain whether they were aware of these murder charges at the time of his appointment, as well as how the elective process was conducted," Cirota said.

Not a good track record

"Msimang does not have a good track record in his current position as head of police in Ekurhuleni. In fact, reports suggest an under-performing chief, who at one stage was refused access to the Section 79 Safety Committee due to non-performance."

The DA said Msimang's appointment should be withdrawn pending the outcome of the investigation and trial.

However, Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau's spokesman Fred Mokoko, said the DA should raise the questions in council meetings.

"All appointments are approved by the council," he said.

"The DA have an opportunity to interact in council as both the mayor and MMC go to council. They should raise their questions there."

Comments
  • thabo.shaku - 2012-12-07 23:21

    Just suspend him!

      nicky.saaiman.1 - 2012-12-08 08:21

      Don't be a racist the man has a family to take care off

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-08 06:14

    With allegations of murder hanging over his head, he should not be in a position of authority and must be SUSPENDED until proven innocent! No wonder we have absolutely no faith in our 'cops'.

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-12-08 06:41

    Not surprised. The way of Africa. Basket case continent. Greedy leaders worth billions. No hope for the poor people ( that's the majority then) of this continent. South Africa should lead but unfortunately we have the most corrupt and less educated leader. Eish Zuma, please go away. Take the money but don't come back. It's a price we are possibly prepared to pay to get rid of your stupid leadership. Could be a good deal ?

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-12-08 07:30

    The Ekurhuleni Council needs to examine their selection criterea as it is now the second time a Police Chief of dubious character has been appointed. Mc Bride did not perform and cost the ratepayers millions in legal fees and this money still not recovered. One can only speculate the cost of Hlula Msimang case will cost the ratepayers.

  • peet.rademeyer.9 - 2012-12-08 11:26

    News 24 , please get your facts correct , Johannesburg Metro and Ekurhuleni Metro is 2 different places. They have a picture of Johannesburg Metro Police but talk about Ekurhuleni Metro Police so which one is it now ?

  • nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-12-09 08:02

    I cannot understand some of the comments on this forum: if someone shoots an intruder in his house, he is an absolute hero, if the Metro police chief shoots an intruder in his house, as is alleged, he's all sorts of things. He might not be that best or the brightest chief of police, but the incident is related to an intruder in his house. At least those commentators are consistent, whether it is consistently right or consistently wrong is debatable.

  • annie.israel.50 - 2012-12-09 12:05

    He should have never been suspended - many cops and ofcourse politicians are soooooo corrupt -DISGUSTING

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