7 alleged gang members in court for allegedly beating Cape Town cop to death with bottles, bricks

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Alleged gang members have appeared in court.
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  • The seven accused appeared in court on Wednesday in connection with the murder of a Cape Town police officer.
  • They remain in custody after the case was postponed to next week for bail information.
  • Sergeant Thomas Ngobeni from the Mowbray Detective Unit was off-duty when a group of men started throwing bricks and bottles at him.

Seven alleged members of the Beach Cats gang remain in custody after appearing in the Blue Downs Magistrate's Court on Wednesday for allegedly killing Sergeant Thomas Ngobeni.

Logan Lelieveld, Uluvo Qhwesha, Kwezi Witbooi, Eletemba Qlesha, Clarance Esau, Ray-Leigh January and Ashwin Hunter were arrested following investigations into the murder by the Provincial Organised Crime Unit.

Police spokesperson FC Van Wyk said the accused were between the ages of 19 and 25.

READ | Cape Town cop 'beaten to death with bricks and bottles'

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said it was the State's case that one of the accused got into a fight with Ngobeni, who worked at the Mowbray Detective Unit,  but was off-duty at the time.

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"The accused called his co-accused and they all started to assault the policeman with bricks and beer bottles. The policeman attempted to run away, but they tripped him."

He was assaulted outside his home in Eerste River and died in hospital last Wednesday.

His death comes a week after Constable Khangelani Mangqabini was shot dead outside his Delft home following a dispute with a motorist in March. A 23-year-old man handed himself over at the Delft police station.

ALSO READ | Man appears in court for murder of Cape Town cop killed in Delft

Meanwhile, Police Minister Bheki Cele welcomed an additional deployment of 200 police officers to tackle violence, crime and gangsterism plaguing the Western Cape.

Cele said: "This province remains stubborn when it comes to crime issues; it remains stubborn in several crime categories. It's important to fight crime wherever it is. When it comes to murder, this province especially, this city [Cape Town], remains bad."

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