WATCH | Mthokozisi Ntumba killing: 4 cops appear in court

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Four police officers appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday in connection with the murder of Mthokozisi Ntumba.

Tshephisho Kekana, 27, Cidraas Motseothatha, 43, Madimetja Legodi, 37, and Victor Mohammed, 51, are facing charges of murder, attempted murder and defeating the ends of justice.

Ntumba, 35, was shot dead last week, allegedly by police while they were dispersing protesting students in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. 

Police Minister Bheki Cele visited the Ntumba family a day after the incident.

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The four individuals were arrested by police watchdog IPID on Monday.

They are due back in court on 24 March, when they are expected to make a bail application.

Mthokozisi Ntumba
The accused in the Mthokozisi Ntumba case.

The State is expected to give the post-mortem report to the defence team on Friday. 

In addition, the defence requested CCTV footage and other forensic evidence.

It is not clear whether this information will be handed over prior to the bail application.

The State said it will be opposing bail. 

"It's a schedule 5 offence, so the onus is on the accused to prove that they qualify for bail. They will apply and the State will respond," NPA Gauteng spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane told the media following court proceedings.

When asked to explain the three counts of attempted murder, Mjonondwane said that, when students were being dispersed, there were other people injured as well. 

With respect to defeating the ends of justice, Mjonondwane said the officers "failed to act how law enforcement officers are expected to act and they failed to report the incident". 

"They are all charged under the doctrine of common purpose," she concluded.

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