'Cop killer' back in court

The Namibian national accused of shooting two police officers will appear in court again on Thursday.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille visits the home of murdered metro cop, Mpumelelo Xakekile, on 10 October 2012. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The man accused of murdering Hout Bay police officers Phindiwe Nikani and her colleague Mandisi Nduku is expected to reappear in court on Thursday.

The Namibian national made a brief appearance on Wednesday, but the matter was postponed.

The man is suspected of opening fire on officers while they were on patrol in Hout Bay last week.

The police's Frederick van Wyk said, "The 28-year-old suspect was charged with the murder of the two police constables. He will appear in the Wynberg Magistrates court today."

The murder of Nikani and Nduku was the second in a series of cop shootings this week.

The first was the shooting of Mpumelelo Xakekile (50), who was killed while issuing a fine to a taxi driver.

He died on his wife's birthday.

The most recent incident took place in Belhar on Tuesday night where an officer was shot in the stomach while searching a suspect.

The shooting brings the total number of officers shot in Cape Town to four in less than a week.

Law enforcement officials said the killings of their colleagues won't deter them from rooting out lawlessness.

Friends and relatives of Xakekile paid tribute to him during a memorial service in Khayelitsha on Tuesday.

An 18-year-old has been arrested for the crime.

Meanwhile, the Western Cape Community Policing Board said law enforcement agency bosses in the province must show a united front at all times in dealing with crime.

The board's chairperson Hanif Loonat spoke to Eyewitness News in Khayelitsha, shortly after Xakekile's memorial service.

Loonat said police bosses need to show a united front at all times.

"I would like to urge all the authorities, both national and provincial, to unite and put their political connotations and affiliations aside. In our disunity, the criminals are taking advantage."

He said a campaign to encourage communities to report attacks on officers will be launched.

"The 'Stop Killing Cops' project will assist us in educating communities on how important these men and women in uniforms are."