Krugersdorp 'execution' cops granted bail

2015-12-09 17:08
Supporters of Krugersdorp police officers accused of killing a suspect fill up a courtroom. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

Supporters of Krugersdorp police officers accused of killing a suspect fill up a courtroom. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

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Pretoria - Three of the four police officers arrested for allegedly shooting and killing suspected criminal, Khulekani Mpanza, in Krugersdorp were granted bail on Wednesday.

Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) spokesperson Robbie Raburabu said the group had approached the High Court in Pretoria.

"They have been given bail of R6 000 each," he said.

The matter was postponed to February 25.

In November, the three officers - Constable Titus Mabele, Constable Jason Segole and Sergeant Puleng Sebetwa - were denied bail by the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court.

Their colleague, Constable Dipuo Chipu, was granted bail in earlier proceedings.

The three officers are charged with murder and defeating the ends of justice after allegedly being caught on camera killing Mpanza - a suspected robber.

Chipu, who is the only female officer among the accused, was out on R5 000 bail. She only faces a charge of defeating the ends of justice.

The officers were arrested after CCTV video footage showed the police chasing a gun-wielding Mpanza down the streets of Krugersdorp, west of Johannesburg.

Mpanza was first seen firing at the police as he ran down the street, damaging one of their vehicles.

One of the officers is seen firing a first shot which resulted in Mpanza falling to the ground and dropping his weapon.

The footage then shows another officer kicking Mpanza, while another officer fires a second shot.

Read more on:    police  |  johannesburg  |  crime

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