Suspected cop killers back in court

2016-12-21 06:09
Stock pic for Blue a Downs Magistrate's Court (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

Stock pic for Blue a Downs Magistrate's Court (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

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Cape Town – Three men who allegedly shot and killed an off-duty Cape Town police officer Mziwonke Siwisa while he was on his way to work are expected to appear in the Blue Downs Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The three made a brief appearance in court on Monday for the murder of Siwisa.

Xolani Ndesi, Athi Mdluli and Jackson Lubabalo Mhobo were arrested in Bloekombos, Kraaifontein, last Wednesday in a joint operation by the Hawks and the police.

Siwisa, 25, was shot and killed in Wallacedene, Kraaifontein, earlier this month while on his way to work at the Sea Border Unit in Table Bay harbour.

His service pistol was stolen during the attack.

The three accused, all in their early twenties, face charges of murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm and armed robbery with aggravating circumstances.

During their last appearance, magistrate Vincent Ketye gave them the option of appointing their own attorney or requesting one from legal aid to represent them.

He then sent a court official to scout the corridors for a legal aid lawyer.

The three stood quietly in the dock, waiting for the official to return.

Ketye was then told that the legal aid attorneys would only be available on Wednesday.

He was also told that profiles on the three accused were still being built for their future bail application.

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