Conflicting evidence on suspension of 'execution' cops

2015-11-10 16:00
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Johannesburg - It is not clear if three policemen, allegedly caught on camera killing Khulekani Mpanza, has been suspended or not.

The trio appeared in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on Tuesday for a bail application.

Magistrate Keith Page heard conflicting evidence over the suspension of Constable Titus Mabele, Constable Jason Segole and Sargeant Puleng Sebetwa.

Defence lawyer Thando Mankge told the court that if granted bail, the three officers would report for duty. But prosecutor Sharon Masedi said the State understood the policemen had been served with suspension letters.

The three police officers hid their faces with their hooded jackets, looking at the magistrate throughout the proceedings.

The court heard the three men could only afford R3 000 bail because they earned less than R10 000 and they had families to support.

The Sunday Times newspaper two weeks ago reported that CCTV footage showed the police officers killing Mpanza in cold blood, after he fired shots at a police van.

Mankge told the court the defence would punch holes in the State's case and question the validity of the footage.

She also said that through visible patrolling, crime had decreased in the area in Krugersdorp in the past few months, but the State said there were five witnesses to the shooting death; and that no-one is above the law.

Outside court, members of the community and the South African Police Union had gathered to show support for the police officers.

Three streets around the court had to be closed off for traffic.

The video footage obtained by the Sunday Times showed the police chasing a gun-wielding Mpanza down the streets of Krugersdorp. One of the officers fired the first shot which resulted in Mpanza falling to the ground and dropping his weapon. The footage then showed another officer kicking Mpanza while another officer fired a second shot.

Packed to capacity, the court heard from prosecution that three shots were fired at Mpanza, one to the arm, the second shot was a graze in the head and the fatal shot perforated his organs and moved from the shoulder to his waist.

The magistrate said he would rule on bail on Friday.

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