SAPU plans to appeal Krugersdorp cops judgment

2015-11-17 21:07
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Johannesburg - The SA Police Union (SAPU) said it is to lodge court papers for leave to appeal the bail judgment of three Krugersdorp policemen.

The policemen were denied bail on November 13.

SAPU provincial organiser Mokgali Motle said the refusal of Magistrate Keith Page to grant the trio bail would not go unchallenged.

“We will rally communities and stakeholders to make sure that at the end of the day justice prevails... There is no way that police killers are given light sentences and bail, while our members remain in jail,” he told News24.

In support of SAPU, Popcru deputy provincial chair Naughty Magoai said they were also angered by the judgment. He said they would tell their members to down tools should any other officer be killed on duty.

Constable Titus Mabele, Constable Jason Segole and Sergeant Puleng Sebetwa face charges of murder and defeating the ends of justice after the trio was allegedly caught on camera shooting dead Khulekani Mpanza, a suspected robber.

Page rejected their bail application at the time, saying that although the State had not opposed bail, based on the CCTV footage of the shooting shown to the court, there was a clear prima facie case for murder. He accepted that although the officers were not flight risks and that the likelihood that they would intimidate any witnesses was minimal, the CCTV evidence showed that they had used excessive force.

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

One of the officers fired the first shot which resulted in Mpanza falling to the ground and dropping his weapon.

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