Murder accused allege police brutality

2013-07-08 13:25

Pretoria - Four men accused of murdering former Johannesburg cluster commander Major General Thirani Maswanganyi requested to be examined by doctors on Monday.

Tshepo Mosai, 30, Roger Godfrey Moseki, 33, Ndaedzo Isaac Vele, 29, and Nditsheni Daniel Nefolovhodwe, 32, said through their lawyers that police had assaulted them after their arrest.

The matter was postponed to 12 July after prosecutor Lucas Moseki asked that the matter be provisionally delayed.

He said the prosecution was awaiting instructions from the director of public prosecutions.

Moseki said the four, if they were assaulted by officers, should lay criminal charges.

All four remained in custody.

There was additional security at the court on Monday with several police tactical response officers in the packed courtroom.

Numerous reporters and photographers attended proceedings.

On 17 June, Maswanganyi was found dead in a field near Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, with his hands and feet tied.

A police patrol found his Isuzu bakkie abandoned next to the R101. A police uniform and police identification card were in the bakkie, which prompted a search.

Brigadier Neville Malila said the investigation was at a sensitive stage.

  • procold2 - 2013-07-08 13:44

    and they were not in anyway brutal, cops should have killed them.

      Mandy Pepler - 2013-07-08 13:54

      What goes around comes around

      Siyabonga Biyela - 2013-07-08 15:19

      they are suspects. they may be innocent.

  • Matodzi Steve Raliwedzha - 2013-07-08 13:58

    what were they expecting?

      Juan Jordaan - 2013-07-08 14:09

      3 meals a day and lodging for free

  • James Hunt - 2013-07-08 14:11

    Human rights!Once you take the life of another human you should forfeit your so called human rights for you no longer are human. What ever the General did could never warrant such a lynching by criminals. Should be an eye for an eye, luckily for the criminals there is no death penalty. Maybe this is the reason why there are so many callus murders. Prison nowadays is more of a holiday than a penalty - free clothes - albeit not fashion, free B&B and some fringe benefits. Society is sick it needs an enema!

      Babs Putar - 2013-07-08 14:24

      A retired American Judge wrote a book and in there he states that the punishment should be a sameness to the crime committed i.e. if you killed, you should be killed. And I agree wholeheartedly - an eye for an eye etc. In the meantime I as taxpayer has to contribute to their life of luxury in jail.

  • Mahlong Ralinko Ralinko - 2013-07-08 14:14

    "Innocent until proven guilty" that's the law, so why should police assault them before proven guilty?

  • Stanely Mabunda - 2013-07-08 14:22

    brutalize them

  • Sbo Kubeka - 2013-07-08 14:25

    There's been numerous allegations on police brutality. SA police behave like thugs!, these guys could be innocent , they have not even pleaded. They once shot at my car because I did not stop when the signaled me to even though it was late at night and it was a deserted area. I have absolutely no respect for them.

  • Al Loots - 2013-07-08 15:06

    Isn't this the hell you voted for? Now it's brother on brother. How ironic.

  • Sicello Mashinini - 2013-07-08 15:57

    To my mind, a thug has no rights. They lost all their rights when they killed the poor police man.

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