Cop charged for pointing gun gets bail

2018-07-22 16:03
Busisa Gift Bhengu appeared in the Pietermaritzburg magistrate’s court on Friday charged with pointing a firearm. He will appear again in court on August 20.

Busisa Gift Bhengu appeared in the Pietermaritzburg magistrate’s court on Friday charged with pointing a firearm. He will appear again in court on August 20. (Nhlanhla Nkosi)

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A policeman who was arrested after the shooting of a cab driver on Wednesday night has been granted R1 000 bail.

Constable Busisa Gift Bhengu (31), a member of the Pietermaritzburg Rapid Response Unit, has only been charged with the pointing of a firearm — at Mustata Spoon — in the city centre.

The prosecutor, Patty David, told the city’s magistrate’s court on Friday that at this stage it is unknown why he pointed his gun at the man.

She said the state has no reason to oppose Bhengu being granted bail.

“The investigating officer says that he has a fixed address, he is not a flight risk and has no previous or pending cases,” said David.

Bhengu’s attorney said he was employed as a policeman for 13 years and has two young children. He lives with his unemployed mother, who he also supports financially.

The Witness has reported that the policeman is being investigated by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) for the murder of the cab driver, Luleka Zulu (29).

His brother, Sizwe Zulu, said: “This is all confusing to the family. The investigating officer told us bail is going to be opposed.”

He and his siblings said the court considered that Bhengu was a father but was not even told that his brother leaves behind his four-year-old child who has not yet been told that his father was killed.

Bonginkosi Zulu described him as being an innocent person who was never violent. “He liked peace. He liked the company of other people ... why was my brother shot?”

He added that justice must take its course.

Ipid spokesperson Moses Dlamini said that while they are investigating Bhengu for Zulu’s murder, at this stage there appears to be no evidence linking him to the murder. No eye witnesses were willing to give a statement.

Bhengu’s case was adjourned to August 20.


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