Maswanganyi murder case postponed

The state will charge the accused with a schedule six crime.

FILE: Major General Tirhani Maswanganyi, whose body was found in a field near Wallmansthal. Picture: Supplied.

PRETORIA - The case against the four men accused of murdering senior Gauteng policeman Tirhani Maswanganyi has been postponed to give the police more time to investigate.

The accused appeared briefly in the Pretoria North Magistrate's court on Monday morning.

The major general's body was found dumped and bound near the R101 between Pretoria and Hammanskraal in June.

Heavily armed tactical response team members were deployed to the court room.

The prosecutor told the magistrate the state will charge the accused with a schedule six crime because the murder was premeditated and the victim was a police officer.

Three of the men complained that officers assaulted them following their arrest and they needed medical treatment for internal injuries.

The matter has been postponed until Friday when the accused will apply for bail.

A motive has not yet been disclosed.

MORE ARRESTS

Last week, authorities said they were not ruling out the possibility of more arrests in connection with the murder.

The police's Neville Malila said the investigation had not been finalised and that the matter is at a "very sensitive stage".

Maswanganyi's vehicle was abandoned with his police uniform, service pistol and other personal items left in it.

A reward of up to R100,000 was offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.