Twelve Hawks appear in Cape court

2012-05-15 16:27

Cape Town - Twelve police officers appeared on murder and other charges in the Bellville Regional Court on Tuesday.

This was the first appearance of the two police captains, two warrant officers, one sergeant, and seven constables, all attached to the Hawks.

They face 13 charges that include murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

The charges, among others, relate to the kidnapping and murder of Sidwell Mkwambi, 24, a New Crossroads resident allegedly tortured to death in 2009.

Together the men face one count of murder, three of attempted murder, three of kidnapping, two of serious assault, two of theft, one of common assault and one of attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

Magistrate Pumla Ntobi warned them to appear in the Western Cape High Court on June 1, for a pre-trial conference.

The purpose of the pre-trial conference, held only in the High Court, is to ensure that all preparations for trial are completed, and that there are no outstanding hitches when the trial commences.

According to the court record, the men were all summonsed to appear in court on Tuesday, and were not arrested prior to their appearance.

  • desertratbkf - 2012-05-15 16:34

    Filthy, rotten, scoundrels!

  • Squeegee - 2012-05-15 16:36

    Who can we trust? Bring back the Scorpions!

      John - 2012-05-15 22:57

      There will always be bad apples, even within the Scorpions. We just have to hope that they are eliminated before they can do too much damage. Its a pitty that they tarnish the reputation of an office which others hold dear to them.

  • gendv - 2012-05-15 16:38

    So tell me again how the Hawks are better than the Scorpions?

      alansmartSnr - 2012-05-15 21:01

      I think we should waite for the outcome..Wrong has been done but I think there is a lot of sensationalism attached to this report. I'm probably wrong but lets wait and see. I have a lot of faith in the good work both the scorpians and now the Hawkes are doing.

  • gendv - 2012-05-15 16:38

    So tell me again how the Hawks are better than the Scorpions?

  • Marion - 2012-05-15 16:40

    OMG. So much for our 'elite' unit.

  • Andre - 2012-05-15 16:43

    Are there still police members not being investigated or in prison?

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-15 16:43

    This is a country where "cops and robbers" does not referr to two separate groups... how sad. And this filth is what supposedly was good enough to replace the Scorpions. Nothing but another stuff up by the ANC.

  • herman.brummer - 2012-05-15 16:45

    Everybody can see, what a mess up the ANC is, They have been on CNN 4 times in the last past week... reporting the rot.

      Raymond - 2012-05-15 21:45

      The African National Circus is run by people,if you can call them that,who know a lot about nothing and they pretend that they do.You see people with huge oversized bald heads filled with nothing.If my dog could talk,I would give him a job,he is intelligent.More than what I can say for some people.

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-15 16:47

    Let me get this straight, they are charged with MURDER, several charges of ATTEMPTED MURDER, KIDNAPPING etc, but they have not been arrested. WTF? are the rest of the cops STUPID? (Don't answer that) how is the law applied to these B@stards diffrently than to the ordinary citizen?

      Robbie - 2012-05-15 17:31

      @Danny-you are 100% correct. WHY were they not arrested????

      Peter Zylstra - 2012-05-16 07:25

      Different laws apply to all anc/commie scumbags!

  • George - 2012-05-15 16:49

    What's up with mother Hawk? You can't leave your nest untended!

  • Mike - 2012-05-15 17:18

    "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" "Who will guard the guards themselves?" (Juvenal from his Satires)

      Squeegee - 2012-05-15 17:36

      This is my brother Darryl and my other brother Darryl", Larry from Bob Newhart. "This is my skelm fellow officer and my other skelm fellow officer" ANC Stooge.

  • Ted - 2012-05-15 17:35

    12 ducks!

      Dave - 2012-05-15 22:14

      Ted, You made a typo, you typed "d" when you should have typed "f".

  • Rob - 2012-05-15 18:42

    And what are the 'Hawks' supposed to be doing ? GOD help us and Africa for I fear that we are 'doomed'... Soon to be a 'barren waste-land'....

  • Raymond - 2012-05-15 21:33


  • John - 2012-05-15 22:55

    Very very dissapointing. Police officials and especially the Hawks must be held accountable to the highest levels of responsibility and accountability. There is absolutly no excuse for a lesser achievement and they should be delt with more harshly than normal crimilnals if founmd guilty.

  • kingkongVB - 2012-06-28 19:03

    Firstly let’s see if there is fact behind this. Let’s see what the outcome is before we implicate them just by what we read in the media. Why was the so called "death squad" arrested en locked up. Treated differently to these guys. Please can someone answer that? Same charges different actions. When the truth comes out we will all see that the criminals get treated better then the victims.

  • shireen.holtzhausen - 2012-06-28 19:53

    I feel for these guys!!! Do you even know how many criminals, rapists and murderers they see and arrest, yet they walk free or on bail committing the same crimes again! SA's justice system protects the criminals more than the victims!!! Its disgusting!

  • kevin.bromfield - 2012-07-26 16:08

    We had the Scorpions, now we have the Hawks, whats next the Pigeons ?

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